While The Epoch Times was founded by Falun Gong practitioners, it is an independent business that neither represents Falun Gong nor is owned by it.
Beginning in the summer of 2000, the founders of The Epoch Times sought to pit honest, factual reporting—the truth insofar as they were able to discover it—against the lies, disinformation, and censorship of the Chinese Communist Party.
They had a powerful reason for doing so: as Falun Gong practitioners, they were targets of the Party’s latest round of religious persecution. Family, friends, and colleagues were endangered as the full weight of the communist state was brought against them.
The Epoch Times was started as a Chinese-language website in part to oppose this brutal persecution by bringing the benefits of a free press to the Chinese diaspora and, through the internet, China itself.
There have been consequences for this independent media outlet that dared to take on the lies of one of the most powerful nations on earth. In the fall of 2000, underground bureaus in China were rolled up. Several of our staff received long prison sentences and suffered horrific torture.
Here in the United States and around the world, Chinese consulates sought to turn the Chinese community against The Epoch Times. Cyber attacks have often been launched against our servers. In Hong Kong, thugs attempted to smash our printing press.
But The Epoch Times has not only endured, it has prospered. Our Chinese-language edition is the biggest independent Chinese media outlet in the world, and our English-language edition is now the fastest-growing newspaper in the United States.
The secret to The Epoch Times’ success lies in its beginning: a fierce independence and a dedication to telling the truth. Readers around the world are hungry for news that is independent of governments, corporations, or political parties. And they want an alternative to the agenda-driven news that unfortunately dominates so much of media today.