Inside Story of CGTV License Revocation in the UK: Interview with Peter Dahlin

The Chinese administration’s mouthpiece, the China Global Television Network, lost its broadcast license in the UK earlier this year, but Beijing authorities have made great efforts to maintain their voice in Europe. The person behind this effort, Peter Dahlin, talked about the process with NTD News in an interview on April 9th.

“CGTN is directly controlled by the Chinese Communist Party [CCP]”Darling said. “There are two amendments or suggestions here. One specifically deals with these compulsory television confessions and human rights abuses broadcasts, and the other is general from state television channels. We are dealing with advertising. “

China’s legal safeguards said, “Of course, it wasn’t particularly good before, but it’s getting worse … especially. [over] “Last four or five years,” added Darling.

The meaning and effectiveness of a CGTN license that has expired in the UK is important.

According to Europeans Convention In Transfrontier Television, published by the Council of Europe in 1989, revocation means that CGTN has lost other broadcast rights. 49 European The country that signed this treaty.

Darling is the director of Safeguard Defenders, a registered non-governmental organization for human rights (NGO) in Spain.he worked For the Swedish government before moving to China in 2007. In 2009 he co-founded the human rights group China Action, training about 800 Chinese lawyers and supporting 150 human rights activists.

In 2016, Darling was forced to “confess” with a camera broadcast on CGTN’s mother company, CCTV. “China Action” was also cracked down by Beijing authorities. Darling was released three weeks later and banished from China. He founded Safeguard Defenders in late 2016 with the goal of supporting Chinese human rights activists, lawyers, and independent media being persecuted by the Chinese government.

April 3, French TV regulator Conseil Supreme Audiovisual Council Approved CGTN’s broadcasting application has reopened the European door to advertising agencies. On April 5, Safeguard Defenders officially complained to CSA about CGTN.

In an interview, Darling talked about the British incident and what Safeguard Defenders are doing in other countries.

The CGTN archive program scene will be displayed on a computer monitor in London, England, on February 4, 2021. (LeonNeal / Getty Images)

British case

The license for CGTN, which airs in the UK, was revoked on February 4 due to the successful campaign work by Safeguard Defenders.

Over the past two years, complaints have been filed with the UK broadcast regulator Office of Communications (Ofcom), revealing abuse and law violations by the Chinese administration.

CGTN is known for broadcasting a personal video in front of a camera that was forced to confess by script when the recording was mistakenly reported as “internal use.”

Human rights violations are not the only violations committed by the Chinese administration. CGTN broke UK broadcast regulations, but “did choose to ignore them because they are well aware of these regulations in the various countries in which they operate and expect no punishment. We do, “said Darling.

In the United Kingdom, the Broadcasting Act of 1990 prohibits license holders from being controlled by political bodies. CGTN is managed by CCP, and content such as forced confessions of video hurt both victims and viewers.

“In addition to physically and mentally torturing these people, in some cases chasing them and detaining them. In some cases, one victim’s teenage son was taken to the police station. He was beaten by the police and a dying video was filmed and shown to his parents, and only then, after months of torture, he agreed to make this recording, “said Darling. I did.

Darling explained that the victims were forced to lie in front of the camera in order to promote the needs of the Chinese Communist Party. After being released, they suffered consequences such as loss of trust in society.

However, the controls that CCP enforces on victims are not always relaxed, even after victims make false confessions on CCTV. After Darling was released, a lawyer said, “His confession was wrong, it was forced, and he posted it on his social media account. And within 24 hours, police threatened to detain him again. I did — just to make that post. “

At the same time, many human rights lawyers disappeared.

“This is a relatively new trend that we have noticed in the last four to five years, and police have taken the suspect to a pretrial detention center, awaiting trial, and registering under a pseudonym.” This means that family members and lawyers cannot find the missing person because there is no evidence that the missing person is being detained in any detention center.

“What’s really happening behind the scenes? Individual complaints are just the tip of the iceberg. It represents something much bigger,” Darling said in an interview with more incidents and stories of the victims. He introduced his own experience after confessing on the camera.

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping is seen in CGTN archive of the program that is being played in the computer monitor in the United Kingdom in London on February 4, 2021. (Leon Neil / Getty Images)

Other countries

In an interview, Darling talked about the case Safeguard Defender is currently working on.

“Campaigns against CCTV and CGTN are reaching new countries every week in blocking these compulsory televised confessions. The issue will soon be implemented in 20 countries and will continue. So it’s not a stop, it’s an expansion, it’s going to keep moving, so the fight against CGTN isn’t over much, “Darling said.

In Canada, Safeguard Defenders has submitted material to television regulators on more than 70 victims. “”[Canadian regulators] I don’t know about this. So for many of them, understanding what these violations are, what false confessions are, and how they are broadcast in their country is a steep learning curve, “Darling said. I introduced it.

After working hard in Canada, including “proactively providing information and support” to politicians and regulators, Darling and his team saw a positive reaction.

According to Darling, two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Superber, who have been detained for “spies” in China since December 2018, have been on television for their actions against CGTN by Safeguard Defenders. I am not forced to confess.

“In Canada, we’re still very excited about TV regulators taking action,” Darling said.

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