Aug. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- China Friday condemned the Falun Gong
cult for hijacking again the satellite signals of
government-run Sino Satellite, which violated the basic
principles of relevant civilian communications.
The TV satellite, belonging to
the Sino-Satellite Communications Co., Ltd., was taken over
by illegal TV signals transmitted by Falun Gong cult
followers twice, once at 9:05 p.m. Tuesday and once at 8:23
p.m. Wednesday, according to the Ministryof Information
The illegal signals
hindered the Chinese audience from watchingroutine programs
of China Central Television, China Education TV Station and
10 provincial TV stations.
law-breaking activity is information terrorism and banditry
in the high-tech era," said a company executive.
"It infringes on the rights and interests of our
company, and its reputation as well. We retain the right to
investigate the legal responsibility of the cult."
A senior official of the State
Administration of Radio, Film and Television, said the TV
hijacking once again indicates the cult's goal to cause
damage to the country and the people.
Those who back up and connive
with the banned cult should be held responsible for the
illegal act and will eventually eat theirown bitter fruits,
the official said.
who were disrupted from receiving the country's radio and
television programs, also angrily condemned the Falun Gong
cult's evil act. They urged the cult be severely punished to
safeguard the interests of the people.
This week's hijackings were
not the first time Falun Gong cult activists had broadcast
illegal TV signals to cut into transmission using Sino
The satellite was
taken over on Sept. 21 last year, during the Middle Autumn
Festival when people should have been enjoying entertainment
programs on TV with their families.
Their attacks in late June
last year also disrupted people in many remote villages in
China from being able to watch the World Cup finals.
Sino Satellite, launched in
1998, serves dozens of clients including those of prime
importance to the daily lives of Chinese,such as the State
Administration of Radio, Film and Television, the Chinese
Offshore Petrol Corporation, the National Meteorological
Bureau and China Unicom.
Through this satellite, TV
programs are able to reach rural residents in remote
villages in most land-locked areas in the country, and China
Education TV Station broadcasts education programs to