Minorities Make Up Over Half of Jailed Journalists in China


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The Committee to Protect Journalists recently posted an online report revealing that over half of the 27 documented imprisoned journalists in China are ethnic Uyghurs or Tibetans.

The whereabouts of two additional Uyghur journalists, who were scheduled to be released in 2011, are also unknown. Senior research associate and author of the report, Madeline Earp said, "The lack of information available about these cases is added proof that they were arrested to deprive their communities of a voice."

Among those imprisoned include Uyghur website manager Gheyret Niyaz, who received a 15-year prison sentence after accepting an interview with a Hong Kong-based magazine, and Dhondup Wangchen, whose work on a documentary film on the Chinese regime's treatment of Tibetans led to his arrest in 2008.

The number of imprisoned Uyghur and Tibetan journalists spiked after ethnic unrest in 2008 and 2009. News of this spike was censored by Chinese authorities.