Inside Xinjiang: What it’s really like to report on China’s treatment of the Uyghurs

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  • The Telegraph published this video item, entitled “Inside Xinjiang: What it’s really like to report on China’s treatment of the Uyghurs” – below is their description.

    Sophia Yan has been China Correspondent for the Telegraph for the last three years and has covered the region for a decade.

    She last reported from Xinjiang in 2019 and was keen to return – the video above is the last installment in a three-part series showing what she found on the ground in May and June 2021.

    Her aim was to bring the world images and information and to see really what was happening on the ground in this remote corner of the world that in fabric is much more like Baghdad than Beijing.

    The Chinese government has repeatedly said that it welcomes journalists to the region to see for themselves – but it wants the media to broadcast sanitised images of the Uyghurs.

    The reality is very different and – as you can see in the video above – there were a lot of efforts to shape what she and videographer Lorenz Huber could do and what they could see.

    Part 1 of the series focuses on the culture erasure of the Uyghurs: how Beijing has begun erasing the rich cultural and religious heritage in Xinjiang to force the group to become more ‘Chinese’ – watch it here:

    Part 2 focuses on the use of internment camps and an intensive propaganda campaign to create a more docile region – watch it here:

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