The Epoch Times, a free English-language weekly Chinese newspaper, has expanded its circulation to the Peninsula. Yellow boxes containing the newspaper (such as the one pictured here on Ramona Street in Palo Alto) have popped up in the area in the past week. The broadsheet newspaper has two sections — one with national and international news written by staffers and Reuters, and a second titled “The Bay,” with stories by staffers, freelancers and Bay City News. The Epoch Times supports the Falun Gong religion, which has been outlawed by the communist Chinese government. Bowing to pressure from the Chicoms, Google will not provide links to Epoch Times stories on its Chinese search engine. Alex Ma, the paper’s SF managing editor, says his house was burglarized twice last year, and he suspects Chicom agents were responsible for both break-ins. After the first break-in, Ma said relatives in China told him that state security agents visited their homes and told them that he needed to stop his “activities.” Another employee of the newspaper in Georgia was beaten by three men on Feb. 8.

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