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Remembering a Hero, Liu Chengjun
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A memorial service was held for Liu Chengjun in front of the Chinese Consulate in Washington DC on December 29, 2003. Liu died at the hands of the Chinese government for using the television system to expose the campaign of genocide being carried out in China. Liu, like Washington Post Publisher Katherine Graham, took heroic steps to reveal the truth despite ongoing threats.

Under Graham’s leadership, Washington Post reporters investigated the attempted burglary at the Democratic National Committee known today as Watergate, and followed the trails that eventually led to the resignation of President Nixon. The Post stood alone in its coverage, while other media feared the wrath. During the two-year investigation, Graham was constantly bombarded with threats, but she stood on the side of justice. In 1974, the release of the Watergate tapes would reveal Nixon’s plot to deceive the people.

“It was a feeling of vindication when the facts began to come out and the feeling that we were proved to have been right,” Graham said in her memoirs.

Graham needed to keep investigating Watergate to uncover the lies purported by the Nixon administration, as Liu needed to tap into the television system to reveal the truth about the brutal dictator Jiang Zemin.

The Chinese’s government has used a propaganda slander campaign to justify the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. Its blockade on all media outlets prevents the people from knowing the truth, similar to what happened during Hitler’s assault on the Jews in WWII.

In Liu’s possession at the time of his arrest was a tape of the “self-immolation” at Tiananmen Square. It revealed that the government staged the immolation and that the burn victims were not Falun Gong practitioners, but were citizens forced to become propaganda subjects for the government.

Both Graham and Liu are heroes - Graham for exposing that the wire taps on the Democratic Committee were instigated by the Nixon White House, and Liu for daring to tap into cable television in Changchun so that for 40 minutes truth could be echoed throughout the province.

* Falun Gong is a spiritual meditation practice based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. It is estimated that 100 million people in over 60 countries practice Falun Gong. Because Falun Gong grew to be more popular than the Communist Party, in 1999, dictator Jiang Zemin declared the practice illegal.

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