Published On: Wed, Sep 15th, 2021
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Candidates Standing Up for Rights in China Targeted During Election Campaignon September 15, 2021 at 4:01 pm

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Election candidates who have taken positions against the Chinese regime’s human rights infractions and interference operations are finding themselves targets of efforts to rob them of votes, such as smear campaigns, candidates and activists say. Conservative candidate Kenny Chiu, who is seeking re-election in the B.C. riding of Steveston–Richmond East, says he has been a target of misinformation against him in previous election campaigns, but this year “it has been exceptional.” “It’s nothing compared to what I’ve seen—it’s multi-dimensional,” Chiu told The Epoch Times, referring to social media posts, radio commentaries, and online articles in pro-Beijing media that portray him negatively. Gloria Fung, president of Canada-Hong Kong Link, says there’s a “well-orchestrated” campaign to “smear and slander” candidates who are vocal about the human rights abuses committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “This kind of direct interference is very, very obvious and has become more and more aggressive,” Fung …

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