Saturday, July 25, 2020

UK radio presenter spreads disinformation on Uygur Muslims

You've probably seen the photos in the media of supposed Uighurs all bound up to be transported to a prison, but how do we know they were Uighurs?

The Chinese had arrested one hundred people involved in a pyramid scheme in 2017, which was well documented in their media in 2017.

A controversial British radio presenter is spreading a fake video about China's Xinjiang policy as part of a disinformation campaign to incite anti-China sentiment in the West.

Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist and London Broadcasting Company host, posted footage showing blindfolded prisoners being herded on the street. He claims the video shows the "genocide" of Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.

However, the video is found not to be associated with Xinjiang at all. The footage was filmed in Bijie City, China's Guizhou Province on August 4, 2017. It shows over 100 criminals of a massive pyramid scheme gang that was transferred to a detention center by 400 local police officers. It was verified with all of the major news outlets in China. 

UK radio presenter spreads disinformation on Uygur Muslims

The BBC 2017

China hit by financial scam 'epidemic' - BBC News: 2017

As part of the crackdown, more than 100 arrests were made in southern China last month, targeting individuals over their suspected links to a 360m yuan (£42.3m) pyramid scheme.

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