June Cheng

June is the East Asia correspondent for WORLD Magazine. Follow June on Twitter @JuneCheng_World.

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Silence campaigns

Free Speech | Recent incidents show how Communist officials work to squelch free speech even beyond Chinese borders
by June Cheng
Posted 2/21/19, 04:09 pm

The Chinese Communist Party is not only silencing voices domestically, by censoring online comments and detaining Chinese Twitter users, but it’s also trying to silence critics overseas. Most recently, we’ve seen attempts to silence dissent in Canada and Sweden.

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Uighurs on Twitter

China | Brewing anger over detention of a famous singer and other Uighur minorities sparks a new social media campaign
by June Cheng
Posted 2/14/19, 12:55 pm

Most Muslim countries have remained silent since reports began circulating last year about the Chinese government’s detention of 1 million Muslim Uighur minorities in Xinjiang, China’s semi-autonomous region in the Northwest. Many of those same countries have close trade ties with China. 

Yet on Saturday, Turkey condemned China for holding hundreds of thousands of Uighurs in re-education camps, where they face “torture and political brainwashing.” The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the reintroduction of internment camps a “great shame for humanity.”

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Holiday in jail

Persecution | While most residents of China celebrate Chinese New Year, 14 church members remain in state custody
by June Cheng
Posted 2/07/19, 11:36 am

The world’s largest annual migration is currently underway as Chinese people return home to celebrate Chinese New Year this week. Chinese citizens are expected to make a whopping 2.99 billion trips by train, plane, and automobile between Jan. 21 and March 1, according to Lian Weiliang, the deputy director of China’s National Development and Reform Commission. 

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