|(June 1, 2021, 12:05 a.m.) -- At the same time as President Biden seeks a serious inquiry into whether COVID-19 came from a lab in the "Peoples Republic of China" and others voice outrage over that regime's genocidal policies toward its Uyghur population, we approach the 32nd anniversary of the Tienanmen Square massacre.
Each year at about this time, LBREPORT.com recalls the action of a courageous Chinese radio journalist who used the regime's own English language shortwave channel to describe what that regime did to his countrymen and his Radio Beijing colleagues (transcript and audio below.) In our view, this man was the audio counterpart to the visually iconic Tiananmen Square "Tankman."
When this took place, I hosted programs on KABC talkradio in Los Angeles. I expected Radio Beijing would offer an ugly but newsworthy defense of the regime's actions. I had a radio with a shortwave band. I put up a makeshift antenna by stringing a wire across the ceiling of my then-girlfriend's second story apartment. I had no idea I would capture a broadcast that turned out to be historically significant.
Two weeks earlier, the regime put Beijing under martial law after large crowds assembled, built a homegrown "Goddess of Democracy" and began quoting Thomas Jefferson instead of Mao Zedong. On the night of June 3 and lasting until dawn June 4, 1989, armed troops rolled into Tiananmen Square, tore down the Goddess of Democracy and shot, wounded and killed those who resisted or got in their way.
Try to imagine what must have gone through the Radio Beijing broadcaster's mind as he sat down behind a microphone in a building likely surrounded by armed troops and delivered the unflinching words you'll see and hear below.
The audio includes phase distortion and signal drops because shortwave signals bounce off the ionosphere and are refracted back to Earth on irregular paths. What you'll hear is what we heard on June 3, 1989 (9 p.m. PDT, June 4 noon Beijing time] in the 25 meter shortwave band in a southern suburb near Los Angeles.
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This is Radio Beijing. Please remember June the third, 1989. The most tragic event happened in the Chinese capital, Beijing.
Like the Tiananmen "Tankman," this man's identity and fate remain uncertain. We've seen conflicting accounts as to who he is and what happened to him.
Thirty two years later, we believe journalists and radio hosts worldwide should devote attention to what this man did. They should press to learn his name [reports differ], find out what happened to him [reports also differ] and if he is alive arrange a telephone call with him so we can speak with him, verify his voice identity and credit him for his principled action.
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