WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Falun Dafa Association of Washington, D.C.:
On Jan. 25, 2017, the China Daily paid supplement in the Washington Post carried an article attacking classical Chinese dance performance Shen Yun, which just finished a successful week-long run at the Kennedy Center.
The Washington Post has been carrying these paid supplements in print and online on a regular basis for over a decade. James Fallows observed in The Atlantic, "Official Chinese Propaganda: Now Online from the WaPo!" in 2011 that chinawatch.washingtonpost.com misleads readers to think it is a blog focused on China issues, written and approved by the Post.
China Daily is the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party. Its distribution in the U.S. and the rest of the world is really a component of the Communist regime's elaborate propaganda strategy to manipulate public opinion overseas, and disparage, slander, and vilify whomever it targets.
As the presenter of Shen Yun shows in DC, we are dismayed that the Post failed to exercise discretion over ad content in its China Daily supplement and has given a platform to slander. Though a standard disclaimer is included that the content is an ad, we believe the Post cannot be absolved from responsibility for what it prints.
Would the Post print advertisements with anti-Semitic language or racial slurs? Would the Post print an advertisement from the Nazis that painted Auschwitz as a happy, wholesome workplace? If the answer is no, then why did the Post print an article slandering an American arts company by a foreign regime.
It is sad to see the Washington Post sacrifice its principles for profits, and assist an evil regime to spread its propaganda to the American people. This is a regime that the U.S. Congress unanimously condemned for killing large numbers of prisoners of conscience and selling their organs for profits (see H.Res.343 passed on June 13, 2016).
Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company, was founded in New York in 2006 by a group of artists who practiced Falun Dafa. Its mission is to revive China's 5,000 years of divinely inspired traditional culture, arts and values, which have been largely destroyed in China under communist rule.
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 2, 1:30pm
WHERE: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 13th floor
WHO: Falun Dafa Association of Washington, D.C.
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SOURCE Falun Dafa Association of Washington, D.C.