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Saturday, 23 January 2016

EU sanctions to silence Chinese whispers?

Another example of how the EU impacts on media regulation (AtVod and PEGI are regulators who exist primarily as a response to EU regulations). Excerpt:
The Paris-based press freedom body, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has called for European Union sanctions against China’s main TV broadcaster and its official news agency over the Peter Dahlin case.
As the Guardian reported yesterday, Dahlin, a Swedish human rights activist “was paraded on Chinese television on Tuesday night to make what friends and colleagues describe as a ‘forced confession’”.
He appeared on the state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) and critical claims about him were carried by the official news agency, Xinhua.
In August 2014, RSF called on the European Council to adopted sanctions against CCTV following the screened “confession” of Chinese journalist Gao Yu about disclosing state secrets. Months later, at her trial, she said she made the confession under duress.
There is a precedent for EU action. In March 2013, the European Council found that the Iranian-backed Press TV had violated the right to a fair trial by their airing of forced confessions.

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