Friday, May 20, 2005

Letter to Eutelsat's Chairman

May 19, 2005


Mr. Giuliano Berretta Chairman & CEO Eutelsat, S.A.

Dear Mr. Berretta

My name is Michael Mahonen and I am writing to ask that you
provide support for the fair renewal of the contract between
Eutelsat and New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV). If the
NTDTV beam is stopped this will cut off a source of outside
information that is of vital importance to the welfare of
tens of millions of people in China.

NTDTV is the only Chinese language station that is broadcast
uncensored into China. They have been reporting truthfully
about China regarding human rights, freedoms and other
information deemed “sensitive” by the CCP, information that
many people in China otherwise have no way of knowing due to
the fact that all media in China is controlled by the state.


This is the only source of truthful information that the
Chinese people have been able to receive on television in
regards to the situation in their own country as well as
around the world. This is precisely why the Chinese
government has been pressuring Eutelsat to cut off the NTDTV
beam into China.

The CCP has been buying up satellite contracts
internationally in order to effectively control the global
satellite system and prevent NTDTV from securing a satellite
beam into China. As reported by international media
watchdog, “Reporters Without Borders: “CCTV (China state TV)
is available in more than 30 satellite multichannel
packages although six would suffice to reach 99 per cent of
the world’s population. This massive presence enables the
Chinese government to blackmail satellite operators.”
(Reporters Without Borders Article)
This is why the Eutelsat contract is of vital
importance. Please do not allow Eutelsat to ignore the
plight of tens of millions of Chinese citizens.

The information broadcast by NTDTV is vital to the Chinese
people and has the capacity to help save lives through
truthful information. Issues such as the persecution of
Falun Gong practitioners have been so warped and falsely
reported by the CCP propaganda, that citizens in China have
been turning in their neighbors who practice Falun Gong,
resulting in state sanctioned torture and murder of Falun
Gong practitioners. This is very similar to the situation in
Germany during the time of the Nazis. These atrocities have
been investigated, verified and condemned by Human Rights
groups such as Amnesty International. Please do not allow
Eutelsat to work in league with the CCP’s totalitarian
regime, which has the blood of so many citizens of China on
its hands.

This is not merely a matter of television broadcasts and
contracts, or even politics. This is a matter of basic human
rights. It is a matter of maintaining a lifeline of truthful
information for people who otherwise live in a world where
they are completely saturated with and controlled by state
propaganda while they are prevented from knowing what is
truly happening even within their own country. Propaganda
exists in all countries to varying degrees, but the
situation in China is extreme, severe and of great harm to
the people of China. Over the past year of broadcasts via
Eutelsat, NTDTV has been the only source of truth for
millions of people in China. It is vital that the NTDTV
broadcast continue.

All people have the basic human responsibility to not
knowingly cause harm to their fellow human beings. Eutelsat
is aware of the consequence, on the most basic level of
morality, of cutting off this lifeline of information into
China. Eutelsat is also aware that the CCP is doing all in
its power to cut off the Eutelsat broadcast of NTDTV in
order to support the CCP’s absolute control over the
thoughts of the people in China. I ask Eutelsat to please
not support the CCP’s extremely harmful and deceitful
propaganda by cutting off the broadcast of NTDTV and
preventing Chinese people from receiving their only source
of televised truth.

Wishing you the best in all regards,



Michael Mahonen
mahonen@patmedia.net
908-285-3619



Information regarding my knowledge of and concern for this
situation:

I have written and directed a multi-award winning movie
called “Sandstorm” that documents the brutal persecution of
everyday people in China who engage in the mind/body
practice of Falun Gong (www.SandstormMovie.com). In my
extensive research, I have learned much about the Chinese
Communist Party's (CCP) well oiled propaganda machine and
their infamous information blockade, including the enormous
"Fire Wall of China" which is a massive undertaking to block
information on the internet and prevent Chinese people from
seeing what the CCP does not want them to see, and this
includes all information from outside China that shows
objective perspectives of China and the CCP. The CCP has
always exercised an absolute form of thought control in an
attempt to remain in power at any cost. This in itself is an
enormous crime against the people of China among the CCP’s
numerous other ongoing, extensive and barbaric Human Rights
violations against the Chinese people.

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