Confessions abound on Chinese television: first Gui Minhai and now Peter Dahlin

January 21, 2016

Peter Dahlin appears on China state TV for his confession. CCTV/Twitter/Tom Phillips

The Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai, after being kidnapped by Chinese security services, made a confession on CCTV earlier this week. Now also Peter Dahlin a Swede working for a NGO [CUAWG] in China has made a “scripted” television confession following his detention earlier this week. [https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/the-plight-of-human-rights-defenders-in-china-just-two-weeks-into-the-new-year/] In a TV appearance on the state-run CCTV news channel, Dahlin said: “I violated China’s law through my activities here.  I’ve caused harm to the Chinese government. I’ve hurt the feelings of the Chinese people. I apologise sincerely for this and I am very sorry that this ever happened. I have been given good food, plenty of sleep and I have suffered no mistreatments of any kind.

Cases the CUAWG have worked on include that of Qi Chonghuai, a journalist and writer who was imprisoned for reporting on Communist party corruption, and Tulip Award winner Ni Yulan, a lawyer who opposed illegal demolitions and was beaten, harrased and imprisoned by police.

Source: Peter Dahlin: Swedish human rights law activist detained in China makes a ‘scripted’ confession | Asia | News | The Independent

5 Responses to “Confessions abound on Chinese television: first Gui Minhai and now Peter Dahlin”


  1. […] Confessions abound on Chinese television: first Gui Minhai and now Peter Dahlin […]


  2. […] would be almost comical if it was not so serious for the individuals concerned [see e.g. https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/confessions-abound-on-chinese-television-first-gui-minhai-a…]. Now it is the turn of Wang Yu, a well-known Chinese human rights lawyer who was released on […]


  3. […] would be almost comical if it was not so serious for the individuals concerned [see e.g. https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/confessions-abound-on-chinese-television-first-gui-minhai-a…]. Now it is the turn of Wang Yu, a well-known Chinese human rights lawyer who was released on […]


  4. […] is a very informative blog post by Peter Dalin[https://humanrightsdefenders.blog/2016/01/21/confessions-abound-on-chinese-television-first-gui-min…] about his friend Wang Quanzhang  in the Hong Kong Free Press (30 December) under the title […]


  5. […] April 12, 2018 On 11 April 2018 qz.com published an intriguing piece entitled “Please study the answers:” A Swedish activist’s first-hand account of how China extracted his televised “confession” It is excerpted from “Scripted and Staged,” published by human rights group Safeguard Defenders, which has documented 45 cases of forced televised confessions since 2013 in the report. [In January 2016, Swedish human rights worker Peter Dahlin, who disappeared on his way to an airport in Beijing, reappeared on China’s state broadcaster over two weeks later, and confessed to “endangering state security” by supporting the work of local activists. See https://humanrightsdefenders.blog/2016/01/21/confessions-abound-on-chinese-television-first-gui-minh…. […]


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