China’s censors reach not global?

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Wednesday, 15 July 2009 0 comments

With the worlds eyes more and more focussing on China, especially with recent troubles in Urumqi, and the Rio Tinto row. The Chinese government has apparently tried to prevent a film about an exiled Uighur leader being shown at Melbournes International film festival.

The film, Ten Conditions of Love, by Melbourne film-maker Jeff Daniels, tells of Rebiya Kadeer's (the US-based head of the World Uighur Congress.) relationship with her activist husband Sidik Rouzi and the impact her campaigning had on her 11 children. Three of her children have been jailed.

China accuses the group of inciting recent ethnic unrest in Xinjiang, which has caused mass criticism from around the world, whilst China have called for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to retract his accusation that Beijing practised genocide against ethnic Uighurs.

Beijing and Canberra are also already locked in a row over an Australian mining executive who has been arrested for spying in China. This minor aggrivation can only be furthering tensions between the Chinese and Australians.

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