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

The Washington Post, 12 December 2016


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


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

Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Marine Corps are seen in training at a military training base in Bayingol, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

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


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


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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Meet China’s Salman Rushdie

Foreign Policy, 1 October 2015

By Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian – On a warm late afternoon in June, I sat with Perhat Tursun as he slowly exhaled a puff of smoke from a blue cigarette with shiny gold trim. Arrayed on the pale lace tablecloth before us was an assortment of nuts, sunflower seeds, and wine. The furniture was a muted neo-Victorian, but on the wall behind Perhat hung a set of three abstract paintings, a shock of modern hues. “A local artist,” he told me.

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