New York, October 30, 2009—Chinese police have reportedly arrested two Uighur journalists who published online about Uighur issues in Xinjiang, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Chinese authorities blamed local and international Uighur Web sites for fueling July's ethnic violence, according to international news reports.
Security officials arrested Web site manager Hailaite Niyazi
in his home in the regional capital,
A second Uighur Web site manager, Dilixiati Paerhati, has
been missing since August 7, when unidentified men detained him in his
“We are concerned that Hailaite Niyazi and Dilixiati
Paerhati, who covered the volatile Xinjiang region, have been detained,” said
Bob Dietz, CPJ Asia program coordinator.
Paerhati was detained and interrogated about the riots on July 24 but released without charge after eight days. No formal notification of his arrest followed his disappearance on August 7 and his whereabouts are unknown, according to Amnesty. “He only edits a Web site, he hasn’t done anything wrong,” his brother told the group.
Uighurbiz founder Ilham Tohti was questioned about the contents of the site and detained for more than six weeks before being released in August, according to international news reports. Tohti told AP he did not publicize Niyazi’s arrest earlier for fear of damaging his case. Niyazi’s wife believes Niyazi gave interviews to foreign media outlets about the situation in July that may have led to the charge against him, Tohti told AP.