Deutsche Welle Dismissed Chinese Division’s Deputy Chief
October 09, 2008
On September 24, Germany’s government-funded
international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) revoked Zhang Danhong’s official
title as the deputy chief of its Chinese division after her public defense for
Beijing’s human rights policy and Internet censorship.
Four days before
the Beijing Olympics, Zhang hailed the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) practice
of article three of Universal Declaration of Human Rights unmatched by any other
political force. She also likened Beijing’s blocking of Falun Gong and Tibetan
movement websites to Germany’s restriction on child pornography or right-wing
extremist sites. She has since been taken off the air by DW.
16, eight Chinese-German scholars wrote to the Parliament of Germany for an
investigation of Beijing’s infiltration into DW. Days later, Autorenkreis der
Bundesrepublik, a well-known writers association, sent a joint letter of 58
writers, including 2002 Nobel Laureate in Literature Imre Kertesz, criticizing
the “serious structure problems” within the broadcaster and calling for a
thorough checkup of possible CCP members in its Chinese operation.
a.k.a. “German Waves,” is similar to international broadcasters such as the BBC
World Service, Radio Canada International, Voice of America, and Radio France
Internationale. Zhang remains in DW as an editor and resumes as an anchor of a
Source: The Epoch Times, September 26,