Uyghur Journalist Faces Chinese Show Trial


The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called upon China’s Regime to drop charges against Gheyret Niyaz, a Uyghur journalist and website manager, and release him from prison. According to the Uyghur American Association (UAA), Niyazi will be tried July 28 in Urumqi, the capital of East Turkestan ( Editors note: named by communist China as so-called Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region)

A 2009 report from CPJ documented that Niyaz faces charges of “endangering state security”, arising from the protests in Urumchi during July 2009, in which an initiallypeaceful demonstration was fired upon and beaten by Chinese troops.  Niyaz, who had worked for so-called  Xinjiang Legal News and Xinjiang Economic Daily, was up to June 2009 editorial administrator for a Uyghur website titled Uighurbiz.


The communist Chinese regime  concealed its oppression and cultural assault upon Uyghurs by blaming domestic and international Uyghur sites for inciting unrest betwen Uyghurs and China’s colonists who are an increasing majority population in East Turkestan.

“Gheyret Niyaz is being tried for his work as a journalist—that is the only threat he has made to China’s ‘state security,’” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator. “We call on the authorities to drop these trumped-up charges and to free Niyaz immediately.”  


The CPJ reports that the UAA stated July 21 that: “Chinese officials accused Uighurbiz and other Uyghur-run websites of inciting protests and violence on July 5, 2009, because in the days leading up to July 5, they had announced plans for the July 5 peaceful demonstration that took place at People’s Square.”

With thanks to CPJ

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