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Wednesday, 03 June 2020 08:05

100 NGOs Urge WHO to Remove China TV's James Chau as 'Goodwill Ambassador' - UN Watch

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GENEVA, June 3, 2020 — A international coalition of 100 non-governmental organizations from more than 30 countries today urged the World Health Organization to remove its celebrity ambassador James Chau, a news presenter with China Central Television, claiming that he abused his position to “whitewash” China’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. (See statement below). On Friday, the Financial Times reported that the WHO has launched an internal review into Chau’s role, but the organizations are calling for his “immediate removal.” The joint appeal was submitted today to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom and UN chief Antonio Guterres by 100 associations accredited to the United Nations, including charities that promote health, development, protection of children and mothers, and human rights. The organizations accuse Mr. Chau of “purveying propaganda for Beijing” as a television presenter of government-sanctioned news, noting his role in broadcasting the forced confession of Peter Humphrey, a British private investigator who was arrested in 2013 on charges of illegally obtaining and selling Chinese citizens’ data. Mr. Humphrey was drugged, chained to a chair, locked in a cage and forced to read a confession, “which was then presented to the world as legitimate news by Mr. Chau.” During the Coronavirus pandemic, “Mr. Chau has exploited his WHO title to lend international authority to his whitewashing of China’s troubling response to the Coronavirus pandemic,” according to the statement. “Armed with his UN badge of legitimacy, Mr. Chau has been articulating a one-sided narrative portraying Beijing as heroic.” At the same time, the UN-accredited organizations accuse Mr. Chau of glaring omissions. “Not one of Mr. Chau’s statements on China’s response to the pandemic mentions how the Chinese Communist Party purged the public sphere of dissent, censored news …

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