Are you in Xinjiang? REALLY??

Somewhere near what the media likes to remind us is the “Ancient Silk Road,” an authoritarian, militarized state clashed with students/protesters/rioters (some or all of the above, depending who you ask) and, while it did so, this state also shut down mobile phone networks and closed/slowed-down access to the Internet, so that it could better monitor/manage/massage the data packets flowing in and out of the region.

No, the state involved here isn’t Iran — although there is a Central Asian / Muslim ethnic component to this conflict — the state this time is China, and their modus operandi seems straight out of the Teheran playbook, right down to the paramilitary enforcer thugs.

Now here’s the added twist: Remember how the BBC got its fingers burned in Iran, with its journalists (and various other British nationals) being thrown in the Persian slammer on “suspicions of inciting unrest?” So, with that obviously not in mind, here is what the BBC posts on its website, after an article on the conflict in Western China:

Are you in Xinjiang? Did you see what happened in the region? Tell us your experiences using in the form below.

A selection of your comments may be published, displaying your name and location unless you state otherwise in the box below.

The BBC may edit your comments and not all emails will be published. Your comments may be published on any BBC media worldwide.

Your E-mail address
Town & Country
Phone number (optional):


The BBC may edit your comments and not all emails will be published. Your comments may be published on any BBC media worldwide.

OMG, BBC…  REALLY?!?!  This is a *REALLY* great idea and shows how Journalism-2.0-savvy you are.  Really.  Don’t bother with those pesky encrypted forms… it will only slow down the sockpuppet-spam you’ll be getting from the workers over at the Ministry of Propaganda. Hey, while you’re add it, you can add the following language to your article’s disclaimer, for the few submissions that come from outside the Chinese government:   Please that after you submit this unsecured web-form, everything you write will be reviewed by your government handler and several layers of secret police.  The BBC will be happy to feature your drugged and interrogated face in a future broadcast about the diplomatic hostage stand-off between China and your country of origin, three weeks from now.  Cheerio!

P.S. If you are not a foreign national, but in fact an English-speaking local rebel, well good luck with everything. We really appreciate your help with our coverage of this news, and hope that if and when you get to form your own separate authoritarian state, you’ll give us the sort of press access we’ve come to expect from this region of the Ancient Silk Road.


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