[Toronto]Falun Gong Practitioners Launch Law Suit Against the Sing Tao Daily Newspaper

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Media Advisory  For immediate release: December 20, 2001
Falun Gong Practitioners Launch Law Suit 
Against the Sing Tao Daily Newspaper

Toronto - On Wednesday, December 19th, 2001 one hundred and fifty-six (156) 
Falun Gong practitioners filed a law suit against Canada's largest Chinese 
language newspaper, the Sing Tao Daily, for libel, slander, negligence and 
incitement of hatred. Consitutional and Civil Rights lawyer, Mr. Rocco Galati, 
legal counsel for Falun Gong, will join practitioners in a news conference on 
Friday December 21, 2001 to be held at:

2pm, Friday December 21, 2001
Sheraton Hotel, Kent Room, 2nd flr, 123 Queen St. W./ Bay
Downtown, Toronto

On September 20, 2001, a full-page spread, entitled "Radical religions 
advocate destroying the world", published in the Sing Tao Daily, carried 
photographs and commentary placing Falun Gong with many reportedly violent and 
doomsday religious cults as well as with the September 11th terrorist attacks 
that had occurred only 9 days before.

The statement of claim issued, and being served upon the defendant, is 
attached electronically and will be made available at the news conference.

Falun Gong is a peaceful spiritual practice that includes meditation, gentle 
exercise and profound teachings based on the principles of 
Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.  It is enjoyed in at least 53 countries, 
however, only in China it is currently targeted in a large scale persecution 
and defamation campaign.  Since July 1999, over 100,000 Falun Gong 
practitioners have been arbitrarily arrested and detained; more than 20,000 
have been sent to labour camps without trial, thousands have been incarcerated 
and abused in mental hospitals and more than 300 have been confirmed to have 
died from persecution in police custody.  Sources in the Chinese government 
admit the true number is actually more than 1600.

Contact: Mr. Rocco Galati (legal counsel)       416-536-7811 (office)
         Cindy Gu                               416-419-9981 (cell)


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