China sentences Uighur journalist to life for reporting protests

China sentenced a Uighur journalist who worked for an official Chinese radio service to life imprisonment for reporting protests in Uighur region.

China sentences Uighur journalist to life for reporting protests

China sentenced a Uighur journalist who worked for an official Chinese radio service to life imprisonment for reporting protests in Uighur region, according to Radio Free Asia.

Memetjan Abdulla, a 33-year-old journalist with the Uighur language service of China National Radio, was sentenced during a closed-door trial in April in Urumqui.

Abdulla was "charged with helping incite riots" in July 2009 between Han Chinese and local Uighurs in which nearly 200 people died, according to RFA. The riots had followed Uighur protests over the beating deaths of factory workers in another part of China.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a man who was present at Abdulla’s trial said that official anger at Abdulla had resulted in the severity of his sentence, according to the letter received by RFA.

Abdulla translated a call issued by the World Uyghur Congress for Uighurs in exile to protest the beating deaths in their host countries. The call had appeared on a Chinese website, and Abdulla translated it and reposted it on a Uighur-language website that he managed, according to Radio Free Asia.

China has sentenced dozens of people for their involvement in the riots, most of them Uighurs.

Uyghurs say they have long suffered ethnic discrimination, oppressive religious controls, and continued poverty and joblessness despite China’s pledges to develop its vast northwestern frontier.


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