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China: more than 70 Uyghur journalists in detention

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In a report titled The great leap back of journalism in China, the association for the defense of press freedom denounces an unprecedented crackdown by the Chinese regime in recent years against journalism and the right to information around the world.

According to RSF, at least 127 journalists are in detention across the country.

The Uyghurs are the most numerous among them, while the power of President Xi Jinping has engaged in recent years to bring Xinjiang down, following attacks attributed to Islamists or separatists from this ethnic group.

More than a million Uyghurs have been locked up in political re-education centers, according to human rights associations.

Beijing disputes this figure and speaks of vocational training centers intended to remove interns radicalization.

No independent reporting

The communist regime imposed an information blackout in Xinjiang by de facto preventing independent reporting on the ground, said Uyghur journalist Gulchehra Hoja from abroad, quoted in the report.

Among the Uyghur perpetrators in detention is the intellectual Ilham Tohti, winner of the 2019 Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament, and who maintained a website listing problems faced by his minority.

Gulmira Imin, administrator of another website, has been imprisoned since 2009.

Christophe Deloire is standing in the offices of Reporters Without Borders, in front of a world map.

Christophe Deloire has been the Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders since 2012.

Photo: Associated Press / Lewis Joly

Xi Jinping has brutally ended hopes for improving press freedom in China, said RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire.

Last year, 18 foreign reporters had to leave the country and an Australian journalist working for Chinese television, Cheng Lei, was arrested.

At least 10 journalists, professional or not, have been arrested after covering in early 2020 the imposition of quarantine in the city of Wuhan, where COVID-19 was initially discovered.

One of them, Zhang Zhan, was sentenced to four years in prison. According to his relatives, the days of this citizen journalist, who is on hunger strike, are counted.

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