The president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers Reggie Littlejohn, who is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB), said that Christian Bale is a hero for trying to visit Chinese human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng who is kept under house arrest in China.
Womenâ€™s Rights Without Frontiers is a broad-based, international coalition that opposes forced abortion and sexual slavery in China. According to BBG Watch, an independent media freedom website, CUSIB supports radio and television broadcasting to China by the Voice of America (VOA) and radio broadcasting by Radio Free Asia (RFA) so that news such as this one are not blocked by the Chinese Internet censors and those in China who want to receive uncensored news do not risk being monitored by the cyber police.
â€œBatmanâ€ star Christian Bale traveled nine hours from Beijing to visit blind forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng. Bale said, â€œWhat I really wanted to do was shake the manâ€™s hand and say â€˜thank you,â€™ and tell him what an inspiration he is.â€
Bale never got the chance. He was roughed up and forced away from Chenâ€™s village, according to a CNN report.
Bale was in Beijing China for the premier of â€œThe Flowers of War,â€ a drama about the 1937 Rape of Nanjing. About his attempt to visit Chen, Bale stated, â€œIâ€™m not brave doing this . . . This was just a situation â€“ I canâ€™t look the other way.â€According to Reggie Littlejohn, president of Womenâ€™s Rights Without Frontiers, â€œChristian Bale is a hero. He is starring in the most expensive film ever made in China, which China hopes will win an Academy Award. Nevertheless, he has the courage to stand against official injustice and has greatly raised the visibility of Chenâ€™s case.â€
Littlejohn contrasted Baleâ€™s actions with those of Relativity Media. â€œChristian Bale has used his star power to shine a light on the unjust treatment of Chen Guangcheng. In contrast, Relativity Media filmed â€œ21 and Overâ€ in Linyi, where Chen is languishing under house arrest. They did nothing to help Chen. I hope that moviegoers will demonstrate their concern for Chen Guangcheng at the box office. We encourage people to boycott â€œ21 and Over,â€ said Reggie Littlejohn.
Christian Bale is not the only one who has focused attention on Chen Guangcheng. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke have both recently spoken on his behalf. â€œWe urge Ambassador Locke to visit Chen Guangcheng,â€ stated Littlejohn.
The flow of Chinese citizens to visit Chen despite the risk of beatings and detention, and the Chinese and international â€œSunglassesâ€ campaigns, have raised the visibility of Chenâ€™s case as well. These campaigns can be found here and here.
Chen Guangcheng exposed the systematic use of forced abortion and sterilization in Linyi City in 2005. For four years, three months, he was jailed, tortured and denied medical treatment. Since his release he has languished under strict house arrest.
Watch the 3-minute Free Chen video here.
Sign a petition to free Chen here.
Stop Forced Abortion â€“ Chinaâ€™s War on Women! Video (4 mins)
The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) is an independent, nongovernmental organization which supports free flow of uncensored news from the United States to countries without free media. CUSIB supports Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA) radio broadcasts to China as the only effective and safe way of news delivery that can defeat censorship of the Internet and the monitoring of pro-democracy activists by the Chinese secret police. The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) a federal agency which oversees these broadcasts, wanted to end VOA radio and television programs to China but its plan was blocked by Congress.