December 2015

Holding the fate of families in its hands, China controls refugees abroad

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 21:46
TOUGH HOMECOMING: Erkin Kurban says he was pressured to spy on the Uighur community in Canada when he returned to visit his family in Xinjiang in 2013. A long-haul truck driver, Kurban is seen here on a trip between California and Montreal, where he now lives. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

How Beijing is infiltrating and intimidating Uighur exile communities, from the Americas to Europe to Australia.

Beijing, Xinjiang and the Press

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 21:31
Journalist Ursula Gauthier in Beijing, China on December 29. PHOTO: REUTERS

China shows its lack of confidence by expelling a foreign journalist.

Why China's tough, new terrorism legislation could misfire

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 21:09
Chinese soldiers march in front of the Id Kah Mosque, China's largest, on July 31, 2014 in Kashgar, China.

China's sweeping new counter-terrorism legislation, which takes effect in January, may constitute a Patriot Act-like moment for the country.

China’s expulsion of French journalist underpins her repressive Uyghur policy

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 20:55
Ursula Gauthier, the Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L’Obs, looks on during an interview in her apartment in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP

Beijing does not want the world to know of its horrendous crimes and abuses of human rights against the persecuted Uyghur people - how they have been made a third class citizen inside China and a minority in their own ancestral land of East Turkestan.

Exclusive Q&A: French Reporter Responds to China Expulsion

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 20:50
French journalist Ursula Gauthier, a reporter for the French news magazine L'Obs, holds a statement criticizing her from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as she sits at her desk in her apartment in Beijing, Dec. 26, 2015.

Chinese government officials won't renew press credentials for French journalist Ursula Gauthier for criticizing Beijing's treatment of its Muslim Uighur minority.

Chinese media heap scorn on expelled French reporter Gauthier

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 19:48
Ursula Gauthier, the Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L'Obs, says her treatment by the authorities is an attempt to intimidate foreign correspondents (AFP Photo/Greg Baker)

Chinese media on Monday celebrated the imminent expulsion of a French reporter accused of supporting terrorism, with a poll purporting to demonstrate overwhelming support for the decision.

No Room at The Inn For China's Muslims as Terror Law Passed

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 19:45
French journalist Ursula Gauthier, expelled from China for her reporting on Xinjiang, is shown in an undated photo.

Beijing expels a French journalist for suggesting that violence in Xinjiang has more to do with government policy than with jihad.

Rebel Pepper: Ursula Gauthier and Journalists’ Weapons

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 19:42

For his latest drawing, Rebel Pepper comments on recent setbacks for press freedom in China by depicting Xi Jinping as a murder victim done in by the media. In Xi’s eyes, Rebel Pepper writes, “a journalist’s tools are just as lethal as an assassin’s weapon”:

The Uyghurs’ lifesaving escape route to Turkey is not a ratline Mr. Seymour Hersh

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 19:19
Children are among Uyghurs held at an immigration center in southern Thailand, March 14, 2014.

Pulitzer winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh’s latest article on the Syria tragedy, in which he alleges that Pentagon leaders, including former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey, conducted a secret alliance with Assad and Putin to undermine Obama, sent shockwaves around the internet.

China Banishes French Journalist for Exposé on Uyghurs

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 19:08

The Chinese government passed an “antiterrorism” law right after they announced they will not renew press credentials for French journalist Ursula Gauthier after she criticized their treatment of the Muslim Uyghur minority.