‘Huge uptick’ in Chinese propaganda over Uighur camps, report finds

An image widely shared on social media that purportedly shows a group of detainees in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region's (XUAR) Korla (Kuerle) city, March 2020. TikTok

By Carmen Molina Acosta
July 30, 2020

The Chinese government launched a global propaganda blitz to push back against media reports that exposed the mass detention and repression of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region, according to a new report.

The report, prepared by the Uyghur Human Rights Project, tracks how, as increasing evidence of detention camps emerged, Beijing turned to social media and state-controlled outlets to shift from denial to justifying the camps as voluntary “vocational training.”

According to the report, the propaganda campaign intensified after the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published its China Cables investigation in November 2019. Based on leaked, highly classified government documents, the China Cables revealed the operation manual for the nation’s extrajudicial internment and compulsory indoctrination of Muslims as part of a sweeping program of mass surveillance and population control.

READ TEH FULL ARTICLE AT The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

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