Villagers Appeal for Release of Jailed, Elderly Uyghur Religious Scholar

Radio Free Asia, 30 January 2015

RFA Uyghur Service – Uyghur Service Residents of a county in northwest China’s restive Xinjiang region have petitioned local authorities for the release of an elderly religious scholar whose health has declined since he was jailed six years ago for “illegal religious teaching activities” and “murdering a student,” sources said.

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CHINA’S MEDIA WAR: Censorship, Corruption & Control

International Federation of Journalists, 28 January 2015

IFJ  The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) yesterday released the seventh annual China Press Freedom Report, CHINA’S MEDIA WAR: Censorship, Corruption & Control. The report, launched at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong, documents the continued challenges facing press freedom in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. It takes its title in direct response to Chinese authorities adopting more repressive measures in 2014.

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In China, mainstream media as well as dissidents under increasing pressure

Committee to Protect Journalists, 28 January 2015

By Bob Dietz  In 2014, a record number of journalists imprisoned in China was documented by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The 44 in prison this year is an increase from 32 in 2013, and is the largest figure for China since CPJ began tracking imprisoned journalists in 1990.

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Silencing Uyghurs: A Family Affair

The Huffington Post, 27 January 2015

By Greg Fay – In 2014, the Committee to Protect Journalists singled out China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists. Uyghurs, a Turkic people indigenous to China’s northwest, make up a shocking proportion of those in jail. Though they make up less than 1% of China’s population overall, CPJ found that 17 of 44 jailed journalists in China were Uyghurs, nearly 40%.

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China extends Xinjiang crackdown, announces stricter measures

UCA News, 26 January 2015

Beijing – China has extended a crackdown on terrorism that rights groups say has led to harsh restrictions on religion and other freedoms with few signs of actually curbing separatist violence in restive Xinjiang.

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Xinjiang Arrests Nearly Doubled in ’14, Year of ‘Strike-Hard’ Campaign

Wall Street Journal, 23 January 2015

By James T. Areddy – New figures that show a near-doubling of arrests in Xinjiang last year illustrate that Chinese President Xi Jinping meant business with a vow to strike hard in that western region to suppress terrorism. Prosecutors in Xinjiang said they approved 27,164 criminal arrests in 2014, according to figures published on Friday on an official website in the region.

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China official calls for reduced birth rates in Xinjiang

Reuters, 23 January 2015

Reuters  An official from China’s restive far-western Xinjiang called for strict measures to prevent early marriages and high birth rates in southern parts of the region, state media said on Friday, a move likely to raise concerns among ethnic Uighurs.

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Uyghur Refugees Go on Hunger Strike in Thai Detention Center

RFA, 23 January 2015

RFA Uyghur Service – More than 100 Uyghur refugees held in a southern Thailand prison who are awaiting their fate after entering the country illegally from China 10 months ago have started a hunger strike, one of the detainees said.

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