18 February 2019

Xinjiang police target online ‘jihad’ talk, SCMP says

Police in Xinjiang are cracking down on people who promote jihad online, the South China Morning Post reported Tuesday, citing Xinjiang Daily. The crackdown comes amid a nationwide campaign against internet rumours that activists say is a blow to freedom of speech. Xinjiang police were investigating 256 people for spreading “destabilising rumours” online, the report said. Of those, 139 spread rumours about jihad, or Muslim holy war, or other religious ideas. More than 100 had been detained, the report said.

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