This statement was originally published on globalvoices.org on 10 April 2017. Satirical news show, China Uncensored, says that the Apple TV app store has blocked users from accessing it not only in mainland China, but also in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Curated by Chris Chappell, the show was launched on YouTube in 2012 and is currently aired by New York-based New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD.TV), which is affiliated with Falun Gong – a religious practice that is suppressed in China.
The show mocks the Chinese Communist Party and its authoritarian rule by curating news about crackdowns on dissidents, persecution of religious minorities and state-sponsored hacking activities, and turning them into satirical reporting. Often times, its stories are a mixture of jokes and facts that are built upon the stereotypical image of a totalitarian China.
In a press statement on April 5, 2017, Chris Chappell stressed: I totally understand why we’re blocked in mainland China. We’re clearly disrupting the Communist Party’s harmonious propaganda but Hong Kong and Taiwan are not supposed to be under Chinese law.
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