Xinjiang authorities disclose 8 cases of extremism, separatism

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/18 14:18:39

Authorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region recently disclosed eight new cases involving suspects who spread extremist, separatist and other illegal content online, as efforts to clean up cyberspace in the region continue.

According to the Xinjiang Internet Information Office, local police detained two suspects in December 2016, surnamed Yi and Hai, both Uyghurs, for spreading religious extremism via audio and video clips  on smartphone apps, Xinjiang's news website reported on Wednesday.

A Uyghur suspect from Hotan Prefecture was detained in December 2016 for using Baidu Cloud, a cloud computing service, to store several e-books about terrorism.

Two other suspects from Hotan and the Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture were also detained for possessing or spreading videos or pictures related to religious extremism and terrorism.

Meanwhile, four suspects were detained for allegedly spreading reports on fake revolts.

The suspects from all eight cases came to the attention of the police with the help of netizens.

The authorities have encouraged the public to report any illegal online content to the police, listing several ways to contact the police on the administration's website. They also said people who report illegal behavior online will be rewarded.

Anyone who uses cellphones, the Internet, mobile storage devices or other media platform to disseminate terrorism or extremist thoughts will also be held accountable for terror crimes, according the local anti-terrorism regulation of Xinjiang.

Xinjiang adopted its own regulation based on China's Anti-Terrorism Law in 2016, giving detailed instructions on how to deal with terrorist activities.

Under the regulation, it is proposed that a three-tiered anti-terrorism mechanism comprised of agencies at the provincial, prefecture and municipal levels to be established. It also calls for coordinated efforts from police, armed police, the army and local militias in addition to health, civil affairs, public relations and telecommunication departments.

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