In June, television viewers in western China were surprised to find a Falun Gong propaganda program on the main satellite television channel. The broadcast went out on most of the ten channels of Central Television and on ten provincial channels of Sinosat-1. Televisions went black after the broadcasts, as authorities tried to prevent further ones. In some cases, the broadcast lasted as long as 15 minutes. The Falun Gong broadcasts may have been timed to coincide with programs likely to attract a large viewership, such as some of the World Cup soccer games, and also with programs celebrating the regime, such as a commemoration of the return of Hong Kong to China. Later it turned out that the Falun Gong already had broadcast on some cable channels in January, with more than 20 members being arrested. In Beijing, also in June, residents answered their telephones to hear a five-minute Falun Gong message.
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