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Parliamentarians Meeting With Chinese Delegation on Tibet Asked to Raise Chinese Consul's Expulsion of Reporters from Toronto Press Event

March 25, 2009

The Epoch Times
March 23, 2009

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire-Mar 23) - NTDTV and The Epoch Times
are asking parliamentarians who will meet today with official Chinese
delegates representing Tibet to remind them of Canada's standards for
press freedom. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Parliament
Hill in Ottawa.

On Friday, the acting Chinese consul general in Toronto barred and
removed journalists carrying valid invitations from a press event at
a downtown Toronto hotel that was held for the visiting Chinese
National People's Congress Tibetan Delegation. The acting consul, Mr.
Kun Lu, snatched a media invitation from an NTDTV reporter and
ordered hotel security to "take her away."

Organizers also ordered the police and security to escort a reporter
from The Epoch Times off hotel property after he attempted to
photograph an organizer apparently removing a Tibetan journalist from
the event. The Epoch Times reporter also carried a valid invitation
and had been granted access to the event. The Chinese consulate had
sent an invitation to the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of
Canada, which both NTDTV and Epoch Times are part of. The reporters
had replied by email in advance to confirm their plan to attend the
event, as the invitation had requested.

Video of the incident is available upon request. An article
describing the event has been published here:

"The Chinese authorities are exporting their media control to
Canada," warned Joe Wang, president of NTDTV (Canada). "This is a
challenge to media freedom in Canada. Our parliamentarians should
remind the regime that in Canada we have standards for press freedom."

"Leave it to the Chinese regime to expel a reporter from a press
conference for taking a photo," said Cindy Gu, publisher of the Epoch
Times. "This speaks to the regime's paranoia of free press and its
instinct to try and control it. It has clearly been trying to muzzle
NTDTV and The Epoch Times."

This month marks the first anniversary of the crackdown in Tibet in
March 2008 and the 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama's exile from
Tibet. The delegation is scheduled to tell Canadian parliamentarians
on Monday that under the communist rule, Tibetans are enjoying great
freedom and prosperity.

Senator Consiglio Di Nino, co-chair of the Canadian Parliamentary
Friends of Tibet, who will be meeting the delegation on Monday stated
that the Chinese officials' activities at the press event on Friday
were "totally unacceptable." "I can only assume that the Chinese
Consulate wants to control the message, and this is also totally
unacceptable by Canadian standards."
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