Washington Post Coverage
THE WASHINGTON POST WAS THE FIRST media outlet in the world to report that officials in China had received explicit orders to torture and maim Falun Gong practitioners who did not abandon their beliefs. Before the publication broke this news in 2001, practitioners had been dying at the hands of police for nearly two years already, but the exact lengths Beijing was willing to go to had not yet come to light.
Earlier that year, Phillip Pan of the Washington Post authored a pivotal exposé of two of the participants in the “self-immolation incident,” a false “protest” the communist regime staged in Tiananmen Square in January 2001. The incident was scripted by the CCP for the purpose of villainizing Falun Gong practitioners in the eyes of the Chinese public. Pan was the first to uncover evidence that the immolators were not Falun Gong in his article “Human Fire Ignites Chinese Mystery,” included below.
The Washington Post was founded in 1877. Headquartered from Washington, DC, it’s considered one of the top five dailies in the U.S. with emphasis on the East Coast and national politics. It regularly publishes new developments in the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong.