Contempt of Court Trial to Proceed April 15-19 for Newspaper that Allegedly Slandered Falun Gong

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  • Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 19:15:35 +0000

Media Advisory               April 11, 2002

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Contempt of Court Trial to Proceed April 15-19 for Newspaper that Allegedly 
Slandered Falun Gong 
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Importance of matter and threat to security of persons, particularly in China, 
provides grounds for quick court date: Judge

Montreal, April 11, 2002 ---- The trial for the Contempt of Court charges laid 
by Falun Gong practitioners against Montreal Chinese newspaper Les Presses 
Chinoises that publishes a 12-page insert allegedly containing defamatory 
anti-Falun Gong material in virtually every sentence is to be held next week 
April 15-19 inclusive:

Date: April 15-19, 2002 inclusive
Time: Start 9:00am
Place: Room 1509, Montreal Court House
        1 Notre Dame St. East

Considering the importance of this matter, and given the threat to Falun Gong 
practitioners, the trial dates are exceptionally ordered at the first Contempt 
of Court hearing on March 14, by Madam Justice Julien, after conferring with 
Superior Court Chief Justice Lyse Lemieux. The trial will give a unique 
opportunity for Falun Gong practitioners to state their case in a legal form 
and to seek the justice that would otherwise be denied in China.

Background
On November 3, 2001, and in the following weekends, Les Presses Chinoises 
continuously published articles defaming Falun Gong. Some of the contents are 
word to word copy of the materials from the Chinese Embassy. To stop this 
defamation, 126 Falun Gong practitioners from Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto 
filed a lawsuit against the paper. From December 10, 2001 to February 7, 2002, 
the Quebec Superior Court reiterated 3 times a safeguard order in 3 consecutive 
hearings, each time with stricter restrictions, to prohibit the paper from 
publishing anti Falun Gong publications.
However, these orders have been ignored. A 12-page insert had been published on 
February 2, 2002 allegedly containing defamatory anti-Falun Gong material in 
virtually every sentence.
Falun Gong practitioners laid Contempt of Court charges against the newspaper 
in March.
The trial dates are set during the first Contempt of Court hearing on March 14 
by Justice Julien, who also further ordered Les Presses Chinoises remove from 
its website offending anti-Falun Gong materials.
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Contact:Mr. Michael Bergman (Lawyer)514-249-1177 (Cell)
Mr. Yumin Yang  514-487-9486, 514-941-2203 (Cell)


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