Falun Gong's on TV: "MILLIONS of Chinese television viewers got a shock this week [June 2002] when Falun Gong propaganda was beamed into their living rooms as members of the banned sect hijacked one of China's main television satellites. And in Beijing, surprised residents answered their phones this month
to find a recorded Falun Gong message, up to five minutes long, attacking the Government's anti-Falun Gong claims point by point. The hacking incidents highlight Falun Gong's sophistication and audacity as the group attempts to fight back in China and overseas.
The satellite broadcast, in which a banner reading "Falun Gong is good" replaced normal TV viewing in Shandong province on Sunday night and again in prime time on Tuesday, is among the group's most daring moves since it was banned in 1999...
A news blackout was enforced on the mainland and security officials and TV stations denied all knowledge of the incidents yesterday. ..
Officials are reportedly perplexed as to how Falun Gong had the knowledge and equipment needed to intercept a satellite broadcast. There was speculation sect followers had equipped a vehicle to avoid notice. A human rights and democracy centre said an antenna with a diameter of 3m could disrupt reception for hundreds of kilometres. ..
Falun Gong's recorded telephone message -- sent to an unknown number of Beijing residents, and probably further -- claimed the Government had fabricated the incident in which three Falun Gong supporters set themselves alight in Tiananmen Square in January 2001. The recording also said sect followers were beaten and tortured in prison, and invited listeners to follow prompts to hear more information or Falun Gong songs. " 4:27:46 PM