Borderline Criminal: The Media’s Failure to Report on China’s Forced Organ Harvesting

Commentary Major publications never tire of publishing pieces on the most important topics of our time, including COVID-19, the demise of religious values, and the rise of cyberwarfare. Yet somewhat incredibly, they consistently fail to report on one of the most horrific crimes occurring today—forced organ harvesting in China. In July, as Reuters reported (to its credit), BGI Group, a Chinese gene company, was—and still is—selling prenatal tests worldwide. Rather worryingly, BGI developed these tests “in collaboration with the country’s military.” Moreover, these tests were being used “to collect genetic data from millions of women for sweeping research on the traits of populations,” the report said. In other words, the Chinese regime was—and presumably still is—creating a gene bank. Back in March, as the Reuters report detailed, members of the U.S. government had voiced concerns about BGI. They were particularly worried about “a vast bank of genomic data” that was being amassed and analyzed with artificial intelligence. This, they argued, “could give China a path to economic and military advantage.” Their concerns appear to have been warranted, as such data could “propel China to dominate global pharmaceuticals, and also potentially lead to genetically enhanced soldiers, or engineered pathogens to target the U.S. population or food supply.” In this age of advanced warfare, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), it appears, will go to great lengths to further its nefarious agenda. As Reuters concluded, BGI and the Chinese military work to “improve population quality.” The idea of those in Beijing working to improve population quality should fill every reader with a sense of dread. Like the Nazis, the CCP appears to have great interest in the creation of a biological state, with the amplification and elimination of certain genetic traits. Technicians work at a genetic testing laboratory of BGI in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, on Dec. 26, 2018. (Stringer/Reuters) Less than a month after the investigative piece, a report by the International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS), a Toronto-based think tank, accused the Chinese regime of “illegally collecting the DNA reports of the minority community of Uyghurs.” According to the report, the Chinese regime was also guilty of harvesting human organs. This immoral and illegal practice, as the report demonstrated, is closely tied to the development of the aforementioned gene bank. Members of Minority Groups Are Being Massacred The Uyghurs are not the only minority group being targeted. Tibetans, Muslims, Christians, and Falun Gong practitioners are also in the CCP’s crosshairs. In September, Beijing submitted a lengthy statement to the United Nations. Not surprisingly, the statement called the accusations of forced organ harvesting extreme fabrications, “defamatory,” and downright ridiculous. Any witness testimonies, according to the strongly worded statement, were given by “actors” who have a history of engaging “in slander and rumor-mongering on the issue of human rights in China.” More recently, at a conference in Brussels that focused on forced organ harvesting in China, attendees were told that the Chinese regime conducts “thousands” of illegal transplants every year. Such crimes “against humanity” are occurring at this very moment—and Falun Gong adherents appear to be among the worst affected. KaYan Wong, a keynote speaker and spokesperson for Falun Gong in the Netherlands, said, “Falun Gong has been and is, for many, more popular than communism in China, and the current regime is jealous of this.” Because of this jealousy, members are being targeted by the regime. They are brutalized, detained against their will, their organs are harvested, and their lives taken away. Wong continued, “The crackdown and persecution of the Falun Gong started as far back as 1999 and since then it has been illegal to practice Falun Gong in China.” The aim is clear: To “demonize Falun Gong and treat it as a cult.” But the Chinese regime doesn’t stop with demonization and the dissemination of lies; with a murderous agenda, it clearly has a desire to remove as many Falun Gong members from society. The word extermination, intimately connected with Nazi Germany, springs to mind. According to credible reports, victims’ organs are being sold on the black market, with a healthy liver fetching around 1,024,912 yuan (roughly $160,000). This type of trade, we’re told, results in an annual turnover of “at least USD 1 billion” for those in Beijing. Innocent people are being massacred. Where is the global outcry? Where are the marches, the protests in the streets? Imagine if such practices were occurring in the United Kingdom or Canada—would the world sit idly by and remain silent? The answer is obviously no. Then why does China get a free pass? And make no mistake about it, the CCP is getting a free pass. A quick Google search for ‘forced organ harvesting in China’ brings u

Borderline Criminal: The Media’s Failure to Report on China’s Forced Organ Harvesting

Commentary

Major publications never tire of publishing pieces on the most important topics of our time, including COVID-19, the demise of religious values, and the rise of cyberwarfare. Yet somewhat incredibly, they consistently fail to report on one of the most horrific crimes occurring today—forced organ harvesting in China.

In July, as Reuters reported (to its credit), BGI Group, a Chinese gene company, was—and still is—selling prenatal tests worldwide. Rather worryingly, BGI developed these tests “in collaboration with the country’s military.” Moreover, these tests were being used “to collect genetic data from millions of women for sweeping research on the traits of populations,” the report said. In other words, the Chinese regime was—and presumably still is—creating a gene bank.

Back in March, as the Reuters report detailed, members of the U.S. government had voiced concerns about BGI. They were particularly worried about “a vast bank of genomic data” that was being amassed and analyzed with artificial intelligence. This, they argued, “could give China a path to economic and military advantage.” Their concerns appear to have been warranted, as such data could “propel China to dominate global pharmaceuticals, and also potentially lead to genetically enhanced soldiers, or engineered pathogens to target the U.S. population or food supply.” In this age of advanced warfare, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), it appears, will go to great lengths to further its nefarious agenda.

As Reuters concluded, BGI and the Chinese military work to “improve population quality.” The idea of those in Beijing working to improve population quality should fill every reader with a sense of dread. Like the Nazis, the CCP appears to have great interest in the creation of a biological state, with the amplification and elimination of certain genetic traits.

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Technicians work at a genetic testing laboratory of BGI in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, on Dec. 26, 2018. (Stringer/Reuters)

Less than a month after the investigative piece, a report by the International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS), a Toronto-based think tank, accused the Chinese regime of “illegally collecting the DNA reports of the minority community of Uyghurs.”

According to the report, the Chinese regime was also guilty of harvesting human organs. This immoral and illegal practice, as the report demonstrated, is closely tied to the development of the aforementioned gene bank.

Members of Minority Groups Are Being Massacred

The Uyghurs are not the only minority group being targeted. Tibetans, Muslims, Christians, and Falun Gong practitioners are also in the CCP’s crosshairs.

In September, Beijing submitted a lengthy statement to the United Nations. Not surprisingly, the statement called the accusations of forced organ harvesting extreme fabrications, “defamatory,” and downright ridiculous. Any witness testimonies, according to the strongly worded statement, were given by “actors” who have a history of engaging “in slander and rumor-mongering on the issue of human rights in China.”

More recently, at a conference in Brussels that focused on forced organ harvesting in China, attendees were told that the Chinese regime conducts “thousands” of illegal transplants every year. Such crimes “against humanity” are occurring at this very moment—and Falun Gong adherents appear to be among the worst affected.

KaYan Wong, a keynote speaker and spokesperson for Falun Gong in the Netherlands, said, “Falun Gong has been and is, for many, more popular than communism in China, and the current regime is jealous of this.” Because of this jealousy, members are being targeted by the regime. They are brutalized, detained against their will, their organs are harvested, and their lives taken away.

Wong continued, “The crackdown and persecution of the Falun Gong started as far back as 1999 and since then it has been illegal to practice Falun Gong in China.” The aim is clear: To “demonize Falun Gong and treat it as a cult.”

But the Chinese regime doesn’t stop with demonization and the dissemination of lies; with a murderous agenda, it clearly has a desire to remove as many Falun Gong members from society. The word extermination, intimately connected with Nazi Germany, springs to mind. According to credible reports, victims’ organs are being sold on the black market, with a healthy liver fetching around 1,024,912 yuan (roughly $160,000). This type of trade, we’re told, results in an annual turnover of “at least USD 1 billion” for those in Beijing.

Innocent people are being massacred. Where is the global outcry? Where are the marches, the protests in the streets? Imagine if such practices were occurring in the United Kingdom or Canada—would the world sit idly by and remain silent? The answer is obviously no. Then why does China get a free pass? And make no mistake about it, the CCP is getting a free pass.

A quick Google search for ‘forced organ harvesting in China’ brings up a number of reports, but few of them from major publications. The question, though, is why?

Could the lack of reporting have anything to do with corporate media ties to China? I’ll let you decide. Whatever the reason for the lack of reporting, the silence is deafening.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.


John Mac Ghlionn

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John Mac Ghlionn is a researcher and essayist. His work has been published by the likes of the New York Post, Sydney Morning Herald, Newsweek, National Review, The Spectator US, and other respectable outlets. He is also a psychosocial specialist, with a keen interest in social dysfunction and media manipulation.