English translation: Cai Hongan’s Bombardment: Chinese Canadians Have the Right to Know
Reporter Fan Qiongwen
Report from Vancouver
On the 9th, Cai Hongan, who was newly elected as the national executive Chairman of the National Congress of Chinese Canadians (NCCC), asserted that the adjudicator of the Refugee Bureau should not accept the lawyer’s application for “prohibiting Chinese media coverage” in response to the masked man’s refugee hearing. It hurts Chinese Canadians’ right to know. He also believes that there is a gap in the understanding of the Chinese community in the mainstream society of Canada.
Cai Hongan challenged the appropriateness of the adjudicator asking the reporters who had gone to the interview to explain in court, rather than cautiously asking the heads of various media to come to the court to clarify. Also, [the court] should not accept the lawyer’s request of a closed hearing because people in Canada have the right to know why the charge is related to the refugee application case. If media interviews are prohibited, how can the named Chinese media rebut the allegations made by the lawyer?
Cai Hongan pointed out that the Chinese media shoulders the right of Chinese Canadians’ right to know in Canadian society and also shoulders the function of supervising the government. Based on public interest, the Chinese media have the responsibility to report the news.
Ping T. Tan, the outgoing Chairman of the NCCC, also pointed out that he is a lawyer and he “could not believe it” after hearing the news. He believes that the lawyer has no understanding of the Chinese community and the three major Chinese media. He said that he has known the three media for decades and is familiar with their operations, and that “it is very untrue to say that they are controlled by the Chinese government”.
Cai Hongan further pointed out that the incident shows that there is actually a gap in the understanding of the Chinese community in mainstream society. As the national chairman of the NCCC, it is his unshirkable responsibility to help mainstream society understand the Chinese community.
The NCCC has recently ended the National Congress in the local area. During the meeting, topics such as the construction of the China Town, the construction of the Chinese Canadian History Museum, and the enhancement of Canada-China relations were discussed. In the meantime, in response to the recent turmoil caused by CSIS director Fadden, the NCCC will send another letter and request a formal response from the relevant officials of the three levels of government, including Fadden himself.
[Photo]: Cai Hongan (right), the new national chairman of NCCC, and Ping T. Tan, the outgoing president, slammed [the incident] that may cause three local Chinese media to be banned from conducting interviews at the refugee hearing of the "masked man".
(Reporter Fan Qiongwen / Photography)