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July 13, 2009



Uighur group 'regrets' photo error
Kadeer's use of the photo generated several responses from Al Jazeera viewers

An official of the World Uighur Congress has admitted that their exiled leader used an incorrect photograph to illustrate riots in China's western Xinjiang region, during an interview with Al Jazeera.

Alim Seytoff of the Uighur American Associaition said he and other Uighur leaders regretted the error.

Rebiya Kadeer, a former Uighur businesswoman who was jailed in China for several years and now lives in exile in the US, used the photograph during an interview earlier this week.

She said the photograph showed Chinese forces lined up on the streets of Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang.

However, the image was not of Urumqi, but is believed to be of an unrelated riot in the city of Shishou a month earlier.

Several news agencies including Reuters issued the photograph - apparently originally sourced from Twitter - last Monday, a day after riots broke out in Urumqi that Chinese officials say left more than 150 dead.

The mistake was picked up by several Chinese websites, China's state-run China Daily newspaper and by readers of the Al Jazeera website.



While WUC has already admitted using a wrong photo, Rebecca is still trying to find them an excuse. How nice!

If WUC cannot verify the authentication of one photo then how could they know how many people were killed and who they were?

Rebiya is a liar. Period.


Twofish, good job!


After reading this blog, I have fully convinced that western media is biased. And it looks like with their biased mind on China, some of they still sincerely believe that they are not biased. It is really a funny western mentality.


By the way, NED's director recently published an article on FP which you can find here


It seems to me that he is disappointed at the outcome of Urumqi riot, he really like to see the direct conflict between China and Muslim world. Who will benefit from it? The answer is clear: The West.

I guess you should know that NED is funding WUC.


Let's just say:

What do you want to know?

Usually you white people picture us as peaceful people, I mean, really "peaceful" people.

You think we are not peaceful this time? Shall we thank god that you are stereotyping us any more?


Hi, Ms Mckinnon,
I've been following you blog for a long time, and this is really a good piece!

I was born in Urumqi as a Han and currently working on my PhD on media studies in US. I spent the entire summer in Urumqi with my family. Your piece is the only one I've seen so far that truly grasp the nuances and subtleties of the situation.

Thank you!

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