BBC Chinese recently reported that Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned Chinese Central Television (CCTV) for broadcasting the “forced confession” of Swedish human rights activist Peter Dahlin, who the Chinese authorities arrested because he supported the human rights lawyers in China. Other Chinese media channels also widely reported the “confession” Dahlin made while under detention. Xinhua also reported that Dahlin participated in “social hotspot events” in order to flame mass social incidents. RSF officials expressed their anger that the Chinese media “spread messages with no news value” and suggested Xinhua and CCTV were spreading “lies” because they were fully aware that the “confession” was made under high pressure. RSF officially called for the European Union to issue sanctions against the Chinese national media.
Source: BBC Chinese, January 21, 2016