Newsweek quotes Chinese state-run media claim that U.S. has ‘concentration camps’ on border

Newsweek quotes Chinese state-run media claim that U.S. has ‘concentration camps’ on border
Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training Service Center (Image via South China Morning Post)

How lovely! Now the Chinese media are quoting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in defense of their human rights abuses at prison-like re-education camps in the western province of Xinjiang.

Newsweek, which should know better, led with the foolish comparison in an article highlighting the abuses suffered by the 1 to 2 million Uyghurs, a Turkic minority ethnic group, who make the far-west province their home:

The re-education centers have also been described as “concentration camps,” and the wider sinicization [forced acceptance of Chinese culture] strategy as “ethnic cleansing.”

The Chinese program runs in tandem with mass surveillance, the destruction of culturally important buildings like mosques, and the reconstruction of towns and cities to make residents easier to track and control.

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China Daily, a state-run newspaper owned and operated by the Communist Party’s propaganda arm, ran an editorial slamming Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who, Reuters reports, “called China’s treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority the ‘stain of the century.'” The editorial struck back, accusing Pompeo and the U.S. at large of ignorance and hypocrisy.

Generally, the mainstream media disregard such rank propaganda, but Newsweek chose instead to milk it for all its worth. The magazine even takes its own shots at the Trump administration, reporting:

Human rights groups and lawmakers have been visiting the U.S. detention centers. They have reported chronic overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, the spread of infectious illnesses and routine human rights abuses. Some also reported regular psychological torture inflicted by guards. [Emphasis added]

Maybe the powers that be at Newsweek are hoping that if a Democrat wins the presidency in 2020, such irresponsible and blatantly distorted journalism will give the magazine a crack at becoming America’s state-run news source.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."