采访/陈汉 编辑/李谦 后制/王明宇
Sex Scandals in Phoenix TV (US)
Phoenix Television is headquartered in Hong Kong.
Employees in it’s North America station filed
a lawsuit with the US Federal courthouse.
They are seeking the prosecution
of former Chief Editor Liu Zhengzhu.
Liu is alleged to have been involved
in sexual harassment and retaliation.
Phoenix TV has close links with top-levels
of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The lawsuit has therefore gathered public attention.
On July 19, Washington based lawyer Lynne Bernabei
filed a lawsuit with the federal courthouse,
on behalf of five Phoenix TV staff, including ex-employees.
Phoenix TV was listed as the
defendant in the 58-page document.
Bernabei said that Phoenix TV is aware of Chief
Editor Liu Zhengzhu’s sexual abuse of female staff.
However, it still shielded Liu for 10 years.
Subsequent to their experiences, several female staff
suffered severe anxiety and depression symptoms.
In August 2012, Liu Zhengzhu harassment of
a female reporter had been recorded on video.
After the incident, more than 10 staff and
ex-staff stepped forward as witnesses.
Under this pressure, Phoenix TV president
Liu Changle personally dealt with the issue.
However Liu Zhengzhu still served as Chief Editor,
and took the opportunity to retaliate against staff.
Following this, eleven current staff and former staff
openly said they would take Phoenix TV to court.
In December 2012, Phoenix TV had to
remove Liu Zhengzhu from his position.
A senior media expert who knew
Liu Zhengzhu spoke to NTD Television.
Liu served as China Central TV’s
(CCTV) Chief reporter in the UN.
Liu has very close ties with CCP top
levels, and has deep background.
Pang Zhong, former Phoenix TV Chief News Editor:
“For senior managers in the North America
station, generally they avoided dealing with it.
This was in case it caused trouble for themselves,
as it is related to their personal interests.”
Phoenix TV was established with the CCP in the background.
It’s President Liu Changle severed as a military journalist,
as well as senior manager in his early years in CCTV.
Liu Changle has a military rank, and the majority
of senior managers in CCTV are CCP members.
Phoenix TV’s reporting angle is
to stand on the side of the CCP.
Many of Phoenix TV current affairs
programs are the same as CCTV.
Thus phoenix TV was privately called a second CCTV.
Pang Zhong: “The CCP traditionally
shields its overseas officials or media.”
For many years, as part of sexually harassing female
staff in the office, Liu Zhengzhu also used work
as an excuse to take female staff to his hotel rooms.
Liu intended to have sex with them. If the staff
refused Liu, there would be consequences for them.
This not only happened in the Washington D.C. station,
but also allegedly with staff from the New York station.
Over the past five years, at least four trainees in
the New York station were sexual assaulted by Liu.
The staff accused Phoenix TV of
shielding Liu Zhengzhu’s crimes.
Facing the pressure of being prosecuted,
Phoenix TV dismissed Liu Zhengzhu.
However, the newly appointed head is still
continuing to retaliate against those staff who
brought the allegations against Liu Zhengzhu.
Pang Zhong: “Traditionally, the CCP certainly uses
its power to retaliate, and to force someone to leave.
This is party thinking and logic to solve a problem.
It is common practice within the CCP system.”
In addition to this current lawsuit, one former
staff has brought a case against Phoenix TV
at the Southern District Court of New York.
She was sexually attacked.
Two female staff in the New York station, and
one job placement, were also sexually assaulted
by Liu Zhengzhu, and then they faced retaliation.
They raised their case with Phoenix TV to the
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Actually, several sex scandals have
been exposed within Phoenix TV.
Zheng Peifang, former Taiwanee female presenter,
revealed Phoenix TV’s dived rule of sexual relations.
It triggered heated discussions amongst the Chinese public.
In addition, sex scandals involving Ma Xiangshu,
Phoenix TV’s regional manager of North America
and Europea, with Wu Xiaoyong, Head of Phoenix
TV (U.S) highlights a challenging mess.