According to China, Uighurs and other ethnic minorities who have been detained in so-called "re-education camps" have been released. Xinjiang's regional chairman Shohrat Zakir said in a December 9 news conference that those who participated in "training courses" have "achieved stable employment with the help of the government".

The UN and human rights groups, though, say China continues to hold more than 1 million people in mass detention camps designed to suppress Muslim identity and build loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party.

China’s recent media offensive follows investigative reporting that confirmed the government's strategy of detaining mainly Muslim ethnic minorities even though they had not committed any crimes. Last month, The New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published their reporting along with leaked Chinese government documents detailing the detention and surveillance methodology in Xinjiang. Beijing continues to reject the accusation and insists the camps offer voluntary job training and other education programmes meant to combat what it calls "extremism".

In this episode, we'll hear from journalists on the latest news from Xinjiang and the challenges in covering the story. Join the conversation.     

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with: 

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, @BethanyAllenEbr
China Reporter, Axios

Mamatjan Juma,@NewsMemet
Deputy Director, Uyghur Service - Radio Free Asia

Megha Rajagopalan, @meghara
International Correspondent, BuzzFeed News

Read more:
Facing Criticism Over Muslim Camps, China Says: What’s the Problem? - New York Times
Exposed: China’s Operating Manuals For Mass Internment And Arrest By Algorithm - International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

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