Simon Cheng signs joint petition to urge Eutelsat to suspend broadcasting of Chinese state media CCTV 4 and CGTN


12th April 2021 – (London) Simon Cheng, a former employee of the British Consulate General in Hong Kong, was detained for 15 days on suspicion of engaging in prostitution services in China in 2019. The official media in the Mainland later released footage of his confession. In exile, he and 12 people recently signed a joint petition as “victims of forced TV confession by China” and asked Eutelsat, a European communications satellite company to reconsider whether to continue to allow Chinese state media CCTV 4 and China Global Television Network (CGTN) to broadcast.

They asked Eutelsat to consider whether it should continue to be morally complicit with China by spreading messages deliberately distorted and obtained through torture. The letter also pointed out that there are still many victims in prison, and some have even been executed. They said that the only way to prevent the above situation is to have the television regulator investigate and take measures. For example, the Australian Public Broadcasting Corporation (Special Broadcasting Service – SBS) announced last month that it would suspend broadcasting of the above two media outlets pending Human rights review. In addition to Simon Cheng, Angela, daughter of missing Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai also signed on behalf of her father. Others include Jiang Tianyong who defended high-profile dissidents and practitioners of the banned spiritual movement Falun Gong and Bao Longjun, legal activist who has helped citizens in Beijing defend against confiscation against their land or property.