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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Before the Persecution

During the seven years from May 1992 to July 1999, the number of Falun Gong practitioners in China reached 70 to 100 million, based on internal investigations conducted by the Ministry of Public Security. The following chronicles are selected reports about Falun Gong published before the persecution started in 1999 - all positive:

June 1993: The Chinese Qigong magazine published a special report on Falun Gong and Mr. Li Hongzhi.

April, May, August 1994: Window to Art magazine published special reports on Falun Gong and Mr. Li Hongzhi in three monthly issues.

March 1996: Beijing Youth and Beijing Evenings named book "Zhuan Falun" in the top 10 best seller list.

May 15, 1998: China's CCTV aired a 10 minutes news about Falun Gong in Changchun in the evening news. The news report is very positive.

July 19, 1998: China Economy Times published an article titled, "I Can Stand Up!" This article reported a story of Xie Xiufen, a housewife from Handan City, Hebei Province, who had been paralyzed for over 16 years, but was able to walk after she started practicing Falun Gong.

August 11, 1998: Beijing Daily published an article describing Beijing citizens practicing various exercises, especially Falun Gong, in the morning. The article included a photo of practitioners practicing the Falun Gong exercises.

August 28, 1998, China Youth published a report, "Holiday of Life", reporting 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners attending the opening ceremony of the Asian Sports Festival in Shenyang, and highlighted it with two photos of Falun Gong team as the title pictures.

December 31, 1998: Shenxin Times devoted a whole page of the newspaper to a special report on Falun Gong. The headlines in the page included a summary of Falun Gong, "Falun Gong's Mind Body Cultivation Becomes Popular in Pengchen; 3,000 Practitioners Enjoy Practicing Falun Gong," "Falun Gong Group Practice Sites in College; College Professors and Students Want to Learn Falun Gong," "Falun Gong's Miraculous Healing Power; Many Patients Benefited from Falun Gong," etc. The stories were accompanied by seven color photos of Falun Dafa experience-sharing conferences and group practices.

China Youth, August 28, 1998, "Holiday of Life" on Falun Gong

posted by Jane @ 5:27 PM   


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