Minitrue: Comparing Xinjiang to Chechnya
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.
All websites must find and delete the article “Zhao Chu: Dangerous Urumqi–The Grozny Express.” (May 26, 2014
Zhao Chu, a military scholar and “Big V
” on Weibo, argues
[Chinese] that China’s policies in Xinjiang have allowed terrorism to foment there. “The public has finally been made painfully aware that… Xinjiang is swiftly leaving behind the happy place of our memories on the express train to Chechnya.” Wang Lixiong made a similar argument in March, writing in the New York Times
, “Backed into a corner by Beijing’s relentlessly antagonizing tactics, the Uighurs are likely to resort to more deadly terrorism. Xinjiang is poised to become China’s Chechnya.”
CDT collects directives from a variety of sources and checks them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.
Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.
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