DHARAMSALA, 3 Feb: The Cable News Network(CNN) has announced a new series called ‘Behind China’s Wall’ to cover the “horrors” committed by the Chinese government as China will host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
“Ahead of the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics, we are gonna start a new series here called Behind China’s Wall,” Jake Tapper, the host of CNN’s weekday television news show, The Lead announced on Monday.
“Behind the fanfare and the glamor of the upcoming Olympic Games are a lot of ugly truths that the Chinese government wants you to ignore,” Tapper says.
“CNN’s David Culver sets the scene with a look at the horrors President XI wants to you forget about while you’re cheering on some of your favorite athletes this week,” he added before airing a pre-recorded segment wherein Culver laid bare, human rights violations and atrocities being committed by Beijing.
The US along with several other countries including Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands, have already declared that China is committing genocide and crimes by targeting Uyghur Muslims and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups as they stated that as many as 2 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China placed under detention centres.
Though China maintains that the detention camps equipped with a high-tech network of surveillance systems are necessary to counter Islamic extremism, Uighur expert Professor Rachel Harris from School of Arts at SOAS, University of London argues that the huge numbers involved, and the detention of many Uyghur cultural leaders – writers and poets, academics and publishers, singers and comedians – suggest that the camps are designed to eradicate local languages and cultures to remould the region’s peoples as secular and patriotic Chinese citizens.
The Games are scheduled to be held over 4 -20 Feb, but calls to boycott it continue to get steam over China’s crimes against humanity and genocide.
So far, the US, the UK, Lithuanian, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Kosovo and Taiwan have all announced the diplomatic boycott of the winter games.
Besides, the Olympic and Paralympic Committee of countries such as the US, UK, Canada, Dutch and Australia have all reportedly issued similar advice to their “athletes, coaches and staff to refrain from using their personal electronic devices while in China due to surveillance concerns, and use ‘burner’ phones rather than their cellphones.”