July 15, 2009

China Stalls Reporters on Uighur Conflict

(Xinjiang Province, China) Here's an interesting note regarding the suppression of the press by the Chinese government during the recent bloody riots between the Uighurs and the Hans.

During the past week, at least five foreign reporters were detained by the authorities. These were two Associated Press reporters, one South China Morning Post report, one Spanish newspaper reporter and one Japanese reporter.

These reporters attempted to interview Uighurs who were afraid of being arrested or attacked violently. As of yesterday, the authorities are asking the reporter to re-register themselves. Those without permits will be forbidden to gather news; those who are approved will be accompanied by official workers.

Obviously, one is encouraged to be skeptical of any official news coming out of China.

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