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Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin Barred from Speaking Her Advocacy with the Press And More [VIDEO]

First Posted: Dec 18, 2016 07:31 PM EST
Miss Canada Speaks At The National Press Club About Her Absence From The Miss World Finals In China

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Anastasia Lin has been Canada's contender for Miss World since last year, unfortunately, she was not granted a visa when the contest was held in China. Since then, she held onto the title till her chance to compete this year in Washington, D.C. What came about her fate as a contestant in Miss World was due to her loud and proud outcry against China's human rights issues.

But the 'Silent Giant' in Asia has grown to be one of the most powerful countries nowadays, and because of this, Anastasia Lin has been told not speak about her advocacy. In a recent report from PEOPLE, the Miss World competition is sponsored primarily by Chinese companies which are compromising her since day 1, barring her from speaking to the press, most especially about her stand. She was also not allowed to attend the premiere of her film Bleeding Eagle due to its content concerning Chinese prisoners of conscience organs being harvested.

Apparently, she was also not allowed to meet with a State Department official regarding the persistent harassment her father experiences in China but was later allowed with accompanying pageant official. Anastasia Lin has been very vocal of her advocacy against her native country's issues on human rights violations and persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Although born in China, she migrated to Canada with her mother at the age of 13.

Despite some news that she is currently been having 'a hard time' from pageant officials, Ms. Lin clarified in an interview from Huffington Post Canada that "she can speak whatever she wants to speak." She was also allowed to skip rehearsals to attend the premiere of her film Bleeding Eagle. Julia Morley, CEO of the London-based Miss World Organization also says that she is "a free person" to do whatever she wants but Anastasia Lin must bear in mind that she signed an agreement to attend to all functions and rehearsals of the pageant.

Anastasia Lin hopes to hone her acting skills and become an actress after representing Canada in the Miss World Competition. She also admitted that being a contestant with her kind of advocacy was not at all easy but it has somehow made her grow.

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