Pandemic, Persecution and Pushback | Special Report 2020-2022

A New York architect receives a phone call from relatives in China that his 68-year-old mother was killed in custody in Inner Mongolia. An artist whose husband was killed by police ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics is sentenced to eight years in prison for sharing information about COVID-19. A 29-year-old dance teacher in Liaoning Province is abducted by police because she sent a message on the social media app WeChat to a friend.

Falun Gong’s Challenge to China: Spiritual Practice or “Evil Cult”?

In one of the most bizarre cases of political repression in modern history, the People’s Republic of China has banned a spiritual practice built around traditional exercises and meditation. They say that Falun Gong has become a dangerous threat to the largest nation on Earth. Why is this happening? Is it because Falun Gong has attracted an estimated l00 million practitioners? What is Falun Gong’s appeal? What is it that China fears?