Press freedom predator Xi given Davos platform: Media watchdog

The Tibet Post, 19 January 2017

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The Tibet Post — The Paris based world Media Watch-dog, ‘Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) expressed their regrets that the World Economic Forum, which brings government leaders and big businessmen together in the Swiss resort of Davos, is lending itself as a platform to Chinese President Xi Jinping without any heed to the human rights situation in his country.

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Prominent Chinese university bans staff from criticising Communist Party in class

South China Morning Post, 13 January 2017 

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By Nectar Gan — A leading university in southern China has banned its teachers from criticising the constitution and leaders of the Communist Party in class, the latest sign of tightening ideological control on the country’s college campuses.

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Uighurs in Kyrgyzstan hope for peace despite violence

Al Jazeera, 10 January 2017

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By Ryskeldi Satke — Remote and landlocked, Kyrgyzstan is framed by the Tian Shan mountains that take up nearly 90 percent of the country’s territory and form its border with China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang.

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China’s president takes campaign for ideological purity into universities, schools

The Washington Post, 12 December 2016

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By Simon Denyer — Universities must be strongholds for the Communist Party, President Xi Jinping says, while schools are on the front line of the battle against the infiltration of “hostile” foreign forces and their “subversive” ideas.

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120 writers including Rushdie ask China’s Xi to stop human rights ‘crackdown’

The Hindustan Times, 12 December 2016

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By Sutirtho Patranobis — A group of 120 authors including Salman Rushdie and JM Coetzee have written to President Xi Jinping on Saturday, marked as Human Rights Day, urging him to reverse China’s ongoing crackdown on writers, academics and dissident voices.

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China imposes hefty fines for fake or harmful news in Xinjiang

Reuters, 8 December 2016

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By Christian Shepherd & Michael Martina — China will fine anyone who spreads fake news in its western region of Xinjiang, state media has reported, as part of new measures to maintain stability in an area prone to ethnic unrest.

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Elderly Uyghur Woman Harassed, Threatened by Police

Radio Free Asia, 9 October 2016

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RFA Uyghur Service — An elderly Uyghur woman living in Xinjiang is being threatened and harassed by police, who have warned her not to speak to foreign media after preventing her from traveling abroad to visit her son and grandchildren in Turkey, sources say.

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Foreign Reporters in China Face More Restrictions Now, Report Says

The New York Times, 23 September 2016

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By Ian Johnson — China has tightened restrictions on foreign journalists since Xi Jinping became the country’s leader four years ago, complicating efforts to parse Beijing’s thinking at a time when its slowing economy and growing global ambitions are making it increasingly important to the world.

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