NEW YORK (FDI) – The 2004 edition of the Falun Dafa InfoCenter’s Compassion magazine was released this week. (view on-line) The magazine provides an in-depth look at the genocide targeting Falun Gong in China, legal actions around the world to stop it as well as a nation-wide campaign of peaceful civil disobedience by millions of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
Notably, the magazine explores the reasons why much of this news remains largely unreported by media around the world.
The magazine also provides information about Falun Gong and Falun Gong-related activities around the world.
Distributed mostly by volunteers free-of-cost, individual copies of the magazine can also be requested directly from the Falun Dafa InfoCenter (FDI) by sending an e-mail to [email protected].
Unprecedented Look Inside China
For the last several years in China, participants in one of the largest grassroots campaigns of civil disobedience in history have quietly educated fellow citizens about the genocide unfolding in their own backyards.
At great risk to themselves, millions of Falun Gong practitioners in China have also continued to provide the outside world with another first: Daily, eyewitness reports from inside China’s forced labor camp system, prisons, and detention centers. These reports illustrate how former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin has tied the Falun Gong issue into virtually every aspect of society, from job applications to college examinations, from promotions in the military to elementary school “anti-Falun Gong sessions.” Throughout society, all must “show the correct attitude” towards Falun Gong before securing a job, getting a promotion, or advancing in school.
Although Jiang has allocated significant resources to control the flow of such information, particularly outside China (in 2002, Reporters Without Borders ranked China second to last — edged out only by North Korea for the bottom spot — on its press freedom index), these reports give accounts of what is actually happening to Falun Gong practitioners throughout the country.
Volunteers Getting the News Out
FDI endeavors to compile, cross-check, and publish these reports through various mediums such as email alerts, weekly newsletters, press briefings, and print publications like Compassion.
FDI’s operations are carried out entirely by volunteers. The editorial team, also consisting entirely of volunteers, includes professionals, students, business owners, and scientists. The work is done in a collaborative manner spanning multiple countries, with a close watch on adhering to the main goal: to provide accurate and comprehensive information about the persecution of Falun Gong in China as well as Falun Gong-related news around the world.
Many in China have undertaken great risks to provide extensive information to the world. We hope that we have organized and presented this information in a way that does justice to their courageous efforts. We also encourage readers to send us suggestions or questions. You may contact us at [email protected], or by mail: 331 W. 57th St., #409, N.Y., N.Y., 10019 USA.
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