Silence and self-censorship by the media regarding forced organ harvesting crimes
The fourth session of this World Summit addresses key aspects of journalism: freedom of the press, censorship and suppression of information. Journalism as a messenger of information has become a major stakeholder in free societies. People expect truthful information and rely on it in order to make informed decisions. The failure of mainstream media in reporting on China’s forced organ harvesting is a major omission and has had a negative impact on the dissemination of information and knowledge to the public about these crimes against humanity, and on the credibility of valid research and investigations of this human rights violation.
September 24, 2021
1. Marco Respinti
Professional Journalist, Essayist, Translator and Lecturer, Italy
Marco Respinti is an Italian journalist, member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), an essayist, translator and lecturer. He has been published widely and contributes to several journals and magazines in Italy and abroad. Mr. Respinti is a member of the Advisory Council of the European Federation for Freedom of Belief. He serves as Director-in-Charge of the academic publication “The Journal of CESNUR,” and “Bitter Winter,” a international publication concerning issues of religious liberty and human rights.
2. Chang Chin-Hwa, PhD
Professor at the Graduate Institute of Journalism, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Dr. Chang Chin-Hwa is an acclaimed scholar, award winning teacher, and former board member of the Chinese Communication Society (CCS).
3. Maurice Droin
Maurice Droin, a French economist and journalist, worked for the French Ministry of Defense and an industrial firm before moving to the Pacific region and serving as New Caledonia’s representative in charge of international relations, the economy and industrial development for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He was a lead consultant of negotiations for the Pacific region under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense. For the past ten years, he has been a freelance journalist.
4. Hataru Nomura
Born in 1963, Mr. Nomura is a graduate of the Department of History in the Faculty of Literature, Rikkyo University. After working as an editor for a magazine for foreign residents in Japan, he became a freelance writer. He is editor of “The Truth about North Korean Interests”, co-author of “The Zainichi Privilege” and “The Zainichi Human Network that Drives the Dark Side of Japan” (all published by Takarajimasha), editor of “The Truth about Chinese Organ Transplantation” (published by Shukosha), and many others.
5. Zoé Valdés
Zoé Valdés is a journalist, author, cinematographer and visual artist. She has been a prolific writer for over 40 years, and worked as a film director and producer. In exile she has confronted the communist tyranny in Cuba and abroad. She was a professor and prestigious guest lecturer at many ivy league universities and colleges including La Sorbonne in Paris, Harvard, FIU, and Queen Mary Univ., London.
6. Jiang Li
Witness, Falun Gong practitioner, China/USA
Originally from mainland China, Jiang Li now lives in the US.