“Please study the answers:” A Swedish activist’s first-hand account of how China extracted his televised “confession”

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. Even more shockingly, the then 35-year-old apologized for “hurting the feelings of the Chinese people,” a line straight out of the Chinese Communist Party’s playbook.

In recent years, amid a campaign by the Chinese...

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