Petitioners’ Last Hope: Foreign News Media

At Global Times, Lin Meilian describes petitioners’ attempts to get their stories heard by the international media:

Petitioner Hu Cheng from has bought the phone numbers of several -based foreign news organizations, at 100 yuan each. He calls them repeatedly.

He tells them how he was locked up by the police while petitioning and they broke his legs. He cries on the phone while telling the story. Chinese answer the phone. They listen, and show sympathy, but seem to have no interest in publishing his story.

[…] “When those feel that they can’t have their voices heard by the authorities and the chance of solving problems is small, foreign media seems to be their last hope,” Jin Yong, deputy professor of China Communication University, told the Global Times.

[…] Zhang Chi, producer of VRT, the Belgian Dutch broadcaster, […] said blind barefoot lawyer and artist Ai Weiwei are among the few people who have their voices heard through intense international news coverage and benefited from .

See more on petitioners via CDT, including the sympathetic perspective of a former interceptor who was employed to stop them.

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