採訪/易如 編輯/李明飛 後製/郭敬
Truth of Masanjia? The Party’s Two State-Run Media Wrestle
Recently, China state-run Xinhua news claimed the article
“Walking out of Masanjia” severely distorted the truth about the labor camp.
Another state-run media Guangming website (GMW)
questioned Xinhua suggesting both prosecution and defense should confront in open court.
This would expose the truth to the public.
Regarding how to deal with “Masanjia Labor Camp”,
opinions of the party’s senior authorities went different ways.
On April 19th Xinhua website published a piece of news
The news said that the article “Walking out of Masanjia”
seriously distorted the truth.
Regarding “Masanjia labor camp brutally torturing prisoners”,
the article stated that some Liaoning provincial departments did an investigation and found that this is not true.
On April 20th, GMW stated that reports form Xinhua really
They said that Xinhua only claimed that news like
“Masanjia Event” and “Xi Jinping Takes Taxi”.
It distorted the truth, but couldn’t tell people
what the truth is.
Zhu Jianguo, former Chief Editor and Director of the News
Department of “Big Weekly”:
“Chinese regime still tries to rule the country with lies.
However, now it’s challenged by forces inside the regime.
The Xinhua news website is still trying to deploy lies or
so-called “dispelling rumors” to cover up its being autocratic.
Nowadays the strategy “repeating the lies a thousand times,
they’ll become the truth” hardly works anymore.
The GMW stated that whoever tortured the prisoners
actually committed civil crimes if what the article “Walking out of Masanjia described is true;
the author of the article “Walking out of Masanjia” has been
identified, as well as all the prisoners being interviewed.
In order to disclose the truth to the public, the prosecution and
defense can provide testimony and witness in an open court.
Commentator Lan Shu states that many people in China
already know the truth of “Masanjia Labor Camp”.
When Xinhua tried to “dispel the rumor”, it caused substantial
pressure from international and public forces.
Lan Shu: “Right now, the government is in a quandary.
It can disclose more truth and deal with it by following legal
or it can flinch from the truth by following that the usual trick
of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), called “covering up the truth”.
The senior leaders are still vacillating about what the
next step is since there are various voices on which direction to go. ”
The report from Xinhua not only fully denied Masanjia’s brutal
torturing prisoners but also pointed the finger at “Falun Gong”.
By Falun Gong disclosing the truth , it did admit that majority
Masanjia prisoners are Falun Gong practitioners indirectly.
Hu Jia, China’s activist, stated that the article from Xinhua
would bring more attention on
“Masanjia’s brutally torturing Falun Gong practitioners”,
which the state-run media dare never mention a word about.
Zhang Fan, Director of the Department of Justice of Liaoning
Province, is said to lead the investigation on “Masanjia Event”.
Zhang Chaoying, Associate Director of Department of Justice
of Liaoning Province, also helped lead the investigation.
Both Zhang Fan and Zhang Chaoying are persistent followers
of Jiang Zemin, who originated and committed the
crack-down on Falun Gong practitioners.
Zhang Chaoying was also the
former head of “Masanjia Labor Camp”.
Zhu Jianguo: “The investigation executed by Liaoning
provincial departments cannot be reliable.
They committed the crime.
How can they investigate themselves?
Their investigation is only to cover up the truth.
A third party has to be involved with the investigation.
Liaoning province can perform the investigation.
However, they must ask a third party; public or international to do it.
The investigation by Liaoning’s provincial departments is
not trustworthy at all.
No one would believe the result of their investigation.”
Hu Jia wrote on his twitter that the so-called “investigation
group of Masanjia event” is only investigating how the truth was revealed,
but not how citizens’ human rights are infringed.
Yuan Ling, author of “Walking out of Masanjia”, disclosed that
some interviewees who spoke to him have been threatened by the police.
Li Wenjuan, former staff of National Tax Bureau in Anshan,
was one of them.