Comrade N is an occasional contributor to Danwei. She works at the offices of a major Western media organization. She wrote this last week:
This morning at 10:00, the telephone in our office rang. i picked it up, and a recorded female voice started talking about the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party”, and encouraging people to quit from the Communist Party. The message referred people to a detailed guide of how to do that online, on the website of The Epoch Times [the propaganda newspaper of Far Loon Gong].
Five minutes later, the phone rang again, still a female voice but live, not recorded. She said she was from Hong Kong, representing the overseas website The Epoch Times. She discussed the same topic as the recording, but more personal, something like, "you must have joined the Chinese
Young Pioneers or Chinese Youth League before, now you can make a statement that you quit on your own ...blah blah blah."
I had to interrupt her, “Do you know whom you are calling?” “Not exactly, but aren't you a Mainlander?”
Yes, I am a Mainlander, but still, I think they should do some research before they make their calls to identify their target market, if any. Otherwise aren't they just wasting their resources?
(Danwei.org, April 10,2007)
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Original text from: http://www.danwei.org/newspapers/junk_phone_calls_from_the_epoc.php