April 07, 2015

Caught on tape: Canadian journalist bullied by Chinese Communist Party operatives -- here in Toronto

Rebel Staff

Besides being a successful Canadian broadcasting entrepreneur, Joe Wang bravely campaigns for free speech and democracy in China.

Recently, Wang was invited by Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver to attend a public announcement in Toronto, regarding Canadian/Chinese trade.

However, he and his news crew were ordered to leave by the organizers, a bank controlled by China's Communist Party.

Luckily, Wang caught the incident on tape.

That may be common practice back in China, but in Canada, we call it censorship.

Wang has registered a complaint to various levels of government, and is awaiting a response.

I'm trying to get to the bottom of this outrageous incident, too.

Trade with China is desirable, but we have to stand up for Canadian values at the same time.


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commented 2015-04-08 08:56:14 -0400
Henry Reardon – I was in China earlier this year for a tour. We were crossing Tiananmen Square and I asked the tour guide ( provided by the government) where the famous picture of the student standing in front of the tank was taken.
She replied “I don’t know. We are not allowed to see the picture”!!
I offered to find it on the internet and send it to her.
She immediately said, “Please don’t do that. I will get into trouble!”
That evening I went back to the hotel room and tried to find the picture so that I would have some idea where it was taken. Google either could not or would not find it, confirming Chinese censorship of the internet. ( the photo is easily found on google here)
The other very revealing thing was the constant praise of Mao. Despite his tearing down tens of miles of the great wall, his opening of the ‘forbidden city’ to the people and it’s subsequent looting, the murder of millions through starvation and internal wars, he is lionized by the people

The interesting thing was, that despite these and numerous other examples, the Chinese claim that they are free, that they are as free as any western country. Just don’t talk to them about any ‘forbidden’ subjects, or expect them to see a difference between their government down economy and western free enterprise.
commented 2015-04-08 08:46:54 -0400
Excellent and very interesting…next time, could you ask him why it is called “Tang Dynasty TV Station”? Just curious…i.e.online I found that “Both poetry and painting reached their creative peaks in China during the Tang dynasty. Herder’s Horse was painted by Han Gan, one of the most famous artists in Chinese history.” and also “In science, the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) contributed a lot to the development of astronomy, medicine and printing technique in Chinese history. The famous astronomer, Monk Yixing, was the first to successfully measure the length of the meridian line. The well-known King of Medicine, Sun Simiao, wrote a medical book Qianjin Fang (Thousand Golden Prescriptions) which was considered the treasure of traditional Chinese medicine. In 868, the Chinese translation of the Diamond Sutra was printed, nowadays recognized as the earliest engraved printing in the world.”
I can guess the reasons for the name, Tang Dynasty, but would like to hear it from their own lips…

…but surely we as a people of the world need to look at the high points of human culture and liberate them from those whose only goal is to stifle liberty and silence ANYONE who disagrees with them, particularly those who believe in LIBERTY. How egregious to see backwards cultures deliberately destroying world class heritage sites and trying to rewrite history to erase all views but their own.

So, should liberty be unfettered? If it is, then it will REQUIRE war, for as sure as we live there are those who will use liberty to end it…Must we then say “Give me liberty or give me death”? What do you think?

Anyone remember Watchman Nee…imprisoned in China in1952 by Mao for being a Christian pastor and prolific author…was refused any holy books and the Bible, and no doubt paper and pen, …died after 20 years and cremated before his family could get to the prison to view his body…in 1972? Just remember the EQUAL danger of atheistic (vs. theocratic) regimes. They fear opposing views as much as they think others do, hence the Russian gulag, etc., and are equally DANGEROUS.

“Before his departure, he left a piece of paper under his pillow, which had several lines of big words written in a shaking hand. He wanted to testify to the truth which he had even until his death, with his lifelong experience. That truth is—”Christ is the Son of God who died for the redemption of sinners and resurrected after three days. This is the greatest truth in the universe. I die because of my belief in Christ. Watchman Nee." Sounds like he didn’t die of natural causes either.

What a travesty and a waste of time trying to change peoples’ minds by force!
commented 2015-04-08 02:26:19 -0400
Well they broke their word about free elections in Hong Kong…..
commented 2015-04-07 23:38:14 -0400
Me too, because they are awfully quiet.
commented 2015-04-07 23:18:59 -0400
I would be very interested in further stories about life in China these days, especially with regards to attempts to democratize the country. I had a co-worker once who shared a chilling anecdote about China when Chairman Mao was still running the country but have only a vague idea of the current situation in China.

My work colleague was responding to a question I’d had about life when he was a child growing up in China while Mao was still in charge. I asked him what would have happened if he was eating dinner with only his immediate family – parents and siblings – and someone uttered even a very mild criticism of Mao, something like “Mao is a jerk”. He told me that such a criticism, mild as it was, would NEVER have been uttered aloud in those days, even to immediate family. However, if he HAD said such a thing, he assured me that one or another of his brothers would have reported him to the authorities. He also volunteered that if one of his brothers had such a thing, he would have reported THEM. I still find that very very chilling.

We live in a country where we freely criticize our politicians, not just in our immediate families, but in public, even in videos viewable by millions of people, yet we have little fear that we will be rounded up by any secret police, except if we preach the violent overthrow of the government. We’d certainly never hesitate to say “Harper – or Trudeau or Mulcair – is a jerk”.

I have heard Chinese nationals from the People’s Republic insist that in contemporary China, everyone is free to express an opinion. I’m very curious to know what the limits are. What can they say safely and what would put them at risk of arrest or worse?
commented 2015-04-07 23:11:43 -0400
Not only the bank, most of the Chinese daily newspapers are also propaganda arm of CCP.
commented 2015-04-07 20:49:30 -0400
This is the kind of reporting that makes me extra proud to support therebel.media for sure. Where else are we going to ever hear about this stuff.
commented 2015-04-07 20:33:00 -0400
Great Ezra. You both have a legacy. I’ll try to do my part. Stay strong and thanks btg
commented 2015-04-07 17:34:20 -0400
Reminds me of the Saudis trying to misuse muscle to shut us about Badawi. Seems like the big world powers feel like our own leftists citizens – entitled, and entitled to intimidate free speech and undermine our Constitution. And to what end? Well, we know China pretends to have no imperialist interests but we also know they are in Pakistan making trouble for the Baloch minority and staking its claim in the middle east by building the new Silk Road.

Yes, we need to protect our law from Chinese intimidation. But have we the leverage or the spine? I sure hope Harper has what it takes to stand up to Bejing like he did to Putin.
commented 2015-04-07 17:31:20 -0400
We would never have heard about this from the mainstream media….I suppose it would be classified as : “not news worthy”.