We have identified the names spreading the lie of ‘Uighurs are being tortured’, through social media, one by one. We are busting the lies of this ‘gang’, which is conducting a systematic effort to undermine the Turkey-China relationship.
Fake news about China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, have increased remarkably in the recent months. On November 24, 2019, the media campaign that was launched simultaneously by 17 Western media outlets from 14 different countries, has given the signal flare. The international campaign, led by the New York Times, is being conducted with networks that are organized in many countries around the world. Turkey is the key country in this. The goal is to undermine good relations between Turkey and the People’s Republic of China, forged after the President Erdogan’s visit to Beijing last July.
In the last three months, misleading information about Xinjiang has been widely spread in the Turkish press. In addition to fake news published in newspapers and television channels, social media was the most important area of this smear campaign. Hundreds of fake images, portraying lives of Uighurs have been circulated through the social media. Fabricated videos and photographs claiming that torture, mass arrests and executions without trial are going on in Xinjiang, have been spread through certain social media accounts. The images turned out to be, not related to Xinjiang.
THE SOURCE IS FOREIGN
All the images, that are fabricated to support the claim of China’s oppression and cultural annihilation of Uighurs, are made up. However, the “fake imagery production” is so extreme that, images and videos that are completely unrelated to Uighurs or even Xinjiang, are being circulated on social media. They even share the images of those who committed disgraceful crimes, such as frauds or women trafficking, under the headline, “Oppression of Uighurs”.
Fake images are being served from abroad. The first propagations are made from the accounts of the people living in Western countries. The impression of an organized team, is given.
THEY ARE THE SAME NAMES
As the names from the foreign countries, Arslan Hidayat from Australia, Abdugen Sabit from Amsterdam and Rukiye Turdush from Toronto, stand out first. The atteintion of FETO, for Arslan Hidayat from Australia, is quite interesting. Fugitive member of FETO Emre Uslu, is found to be spreading Arslan Hidayat’s posts. Rukiye Turdush on the other hand, has repeatedly shared the reviews from the US officials.