The Falungong sect will do anything to blacken the image of the People's Republic of China.
The following expose is based on a report in the EastSouthWestNorth blog.
It reveals the lies and distortions to which the sect's newspaper, Epoch Times, is prepared to resort.
The paper seized on a terrible tragedy at the Nanjing Number 4 Plastic Factory on July 28 2010.
Workers had broken through a gas pipe, there was an explosion and 13 workers died. Another 120 were injured.
On the same day, Epoch Times published the article above titled "Disastrous explosion burned at least 100 persons to death in a terrifying day in Nanjing". The story was attributed to Epoch Times reporter Fang Xiao.
The photo had a caption, seen in the close-up below.
A translation of the caption reads: "On July 28, the scene at the Nanjing Waoshou Baijiang Liquefied Gas Factory was unbearable to watch! == In order to protect the person who provided the photo, this photo has been specially edited here!=="
But the fact is that this photo was not about the Nanjing gas explosion on July 28.
Instead, it was about an oil tanker explosion on July 2 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo!
Below is the photo that accompanied that news report:
The Epoch Times truthfully acknowledged that the original photo had been edited, but it was not to "protect the person who provided the photo" - with the implication that the nasty Communist authorities try to suppress the truth and persecute honest people.
A small portion at the bottom was cropped to remove the logo of the originating media outlet (to hide the origins of the photo) and the top third or so was cropped to remove the black-skinned onlookers whose presence would immediately expose the lie that about this having occurred at the Nanjing Factory.
The photo has now been purged from the Epoch Times website in an attempt to conceal their deceit.
The crude anti-Communism of Epoch Times has resulted in an unedifying display of contempt for the victims of one tragedy - those who died in Nanjing - and an equally contemptuous disregard for the victims of another - those who died in the Congo explosion. The multiplication of those contempts is the massive contempt reserved for the readers of Epoch Times.
For an organisation that promotes itself as cultivating "universal principles based on Truthfulness, Benevolence, and Forbearance", Falungong and its newspaper have a very poor track record.