NTDTV and Reporters Without Borders press conference following Eutelsat's suppression of the independent Chinese TV station to satisfy Beijing weeks before Olympics

    OTTAWA, July 14 /CNW Telbec/ - An independent Chinese TV station and
press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders will hold a joint press
conference to urge Canada and France to help restore a free window of
information to the vast Chinese populace.
    Weeks before the Beijing Olympics, North America-based New Tang Dynasty
Television (NTDTV)'s satellite broadcast to Mainland China was abruptly shut
down by a French-based satellite company Eutelsat on June 16 for supposedly
technical reasons.
    Last week however, Reporters Without Borders released a recorded
conversation between a Eutelsat Beijing representative and an interlocutor the
employee thought was a Chinese official exposing that Eutelsat's CEO stopped
NTDTV's broadcast due to repeated pressure from Chinese communist regime.
    This is the second incident of the French-headquartered satellite company
attempting to shut down NTDTV's broadcast to Mainland China. In 2005, due to
international pressure, including letters from over 50 Canadian MPs, Eutelsat
renewed contract with NTDTV.
    On July 14, Bastille Day, while the French commemorate the storming of
the prison, a symbol of liberty and the fight against oppression, NTDTV and
Reporters Without Borders will be holding a press conference urging Canada and
France to help media freedom in China.

    Press conference

    Time:     Monday, July 14th, 2008, 11:00 am
    Location: Press Gallery, Charles Lynch Press Conference Room (130-S),
              Parliament Hill
    Speakers: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director, Reporters Without
              Borders Canada
              Joe Wang, President of NTDTV Canada
              David Kilgour, former MP and Secretary of State, Asia-Pacific

    Public Rally

    Time:     11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Location: In front of the Parliament

For further information:

For further information: Joe Wang, (647) 206-8388, joew@ntdtv.ca; Pierre
Lessard-Blais, (514) 258-4208, rsfcanada2@rsf.org

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