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Gary R. Bunt

China Surveillance

"For Uyghurs in Xinjiang, any kind of contact from a non-Chinese phone number, though not officially illegal, can result in instant arrest. Most Uyghurs in Turkey have been deleted by their families on social media. And many wouldn’t dare try to make contact, for fear Chinese authorities would punish their relatives. It’s just one of the ways President Xi Jinping’s government maintains a tightly controlled net of surveillance over the Uyghurs in China, and it has a ripple effect on Uyghurs living all over the world."
There's a version of this article on .coda
Refers to Xinjiang Victims Database and Rachel Harris & Aziz Isa, Islam by Smartphone: the changing sounds of Uyghur religiosity

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