Friends call for China to free a journalist widely seen as pro-Beijing.
Originally published by: Radio Free Asia ,25 march,2010 by Shoret Hoshur
Supporters of a jailed ethnic Uyghur journalist have organized an online campaign for his release, nearly six months after his detention for talking to foreign media about the deadly July 2009 ethnic riots in far-northwestern China.
Gheyret Niyaz, 50, a former deputy director of the official Xinjiang Legal Daily, was employed at the official Xinjiang Economic Daily as a journalist at the time of his detention on Oct. 4, 2009. His family received a warrant for his arrest four days later, relatives said.
He is now being held at the Heavenly Mountain District [Tianshan Chu] detention center in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), according to friends.
Police said in detaining Gheyret Niyaz that “he did too many interviews with foreign media about the July 5 Urumqi riots,” one source said.Continue Reading →