Uyghur “influencers” sell Beijing’s propaganda narrative

05:13 While part of the international community condemns the oppression of the Uyghur ethnic group in Xinjiang, a region in western China, Uyghur “influencers” offer an idyllic vision of their daily life. © Observers

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While part of the international community condemns the oppression of the Uyghur ethnic group in Xinjiang, a region in western China, Uyghur “influencers” offer an idyllic vision of their daily life. But a growing number of human rights organizations and the United Nations have documented China’s severe repression of this Muslim ethnic minority.

Australian researchers have analyzed more than 1,700 YouTube videos featuring young Uyghur, Kazakh, Tibetan and Mongolian women, all ethnic minorities victims of Beijing’s policies of cultural unification. The influencers play the role of model citizens, and some even openly deny allegations of genocide and forced labor in China.

In this episode of Observers, we talk to Daria Impiombato, a researcher at the Australian Policy Strategy Institute (ASPI). She told us how her team established clear links between the women in these videos and the Chinese Communist Party.

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