🇨🇳 Xinjiang: The story Beijing doesn't want reported | The Listening Post
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On The Listening Post this week: A two-part special on media in China: Under-reporting of the state's treatment of Uighur Muslims, and the tale of the Southern Media Group. Xinjiang: The story Beijing doesn't want reported The alleged mass incarceration of Uighur and other Turkic Muslim minorities - more than a million of them - in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is a story the Chinese government does not want out there. For foreign journalists, reporting on it could mean a one-way ticket out of the country. Chinese journalists reporting on it have it worse: they are facing threats, violence and in some cases prison sentences. The Chinese media echo their government's security narrative on this; that the measures are necessary given separatist movements in the area prone to violence. And the terminology can be telling. What the international media call "internment camps" and "forced indoctrination", the Chinese media describe as "political education centres" and "counter extremism training schools". Contributors Megha Rajagopalan - correspondent, Buzzfeed News Alim Seytoff - director of Uyghur Service, Radio Free Asia Emily Feng - China correspondent, Financial Times Einar Tangen - economic adviser to the Chinese government On our radar Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Tariq Nafi about how the #MeToo campaign is making its mark in German media and how yet another big name in print, Time Magazine, has been bought out by a tech billionaire. The story of China's Southern Media Group About six years ago, in 2012, The Listening Post reported on what was an under-covered aspect of Chinese journalism: the rise of investigative news outlets. One of the organisations we looked at then was the Southern Media Group, which had a track record of investing in deeply reported, muck-raking journalism that held Communist Party officials to account and even resulted in some political and legal reforms. That's not the case now. After a few serious run-ins with the authorities, Southern Media and its journalists came under a kind of pressure that has severely handicapped its investigative reporting. This is just one case in a landscape that has seen significant shifts. Greater state monitoring and control of media, as well as increased competition and falling advertising revenues have all had an impact. The Listening Post's Meenakshi Ravi reports. Contributors Maria Repnikova - assistant professor, Georgia State University Chang Ping - former news director, Southern Weekly Fang Kecheng - former political reporter, Southern Weekly Steve Tsang - director, SOAS China Institute - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/al... - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/ More from The Listening Post on: YouTube - http://aje.io/listeningpostYT Facebook - http://facebook.com/AJListe... Twitter - http://twitter.com/AJListen... Website - http://aljazeera.com/listen...