Under an opinion piece recalling the horror of Uighurs incarcerated in a Chinese detention camp, an editor’s note repeated the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) justification for conducting torture methods against the minority group.

“The Chinese government [CCP] has repeatedly denied any allegations of crimes—including forced labor and forced sterilization—against the Uighurs and other Turkic peoples. It claims it is providing the Uighurs with education at “vocational training centers” while assisting in deradicalization efforts to combat alleged terrorism,” the note reads.

The piece was written by Nury Turkel, who claimed he was born in a Chinese reeducation camp and understood the horrendous conditions under which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) incarcerates its victims. 

His recollection of the horror concentrated on forced labor practice and forced sterilization of women in the minority group. Having vivid memories of the atrocities those put through detention facilities can be in, Turkel asked how businesses could continue to work with the CCP knowing how it squeezed out cheap products for sale.

“Having experienced the reality of living under this regime, and now watching with horror as these atrocities are visited on my Uighur brothers and sisters, it’s difficult for me to comprehend how any Western actor could push for greater dialogue or engagement with such a regime,” he wrote.

“How cheap are the lives of my people to the international community if it ignores reports of the Chinese government’s attempt to commit genocide against the Uighurs?”

Turkel did not mention the brutal torture methods Uighur survivors of detention camps testified to in his description of the conditions of the victims. 

Having covered a mind-blowing interview with an ex-security member of the detention camp just last month, it is unclear why the left-wing news agency’s editors would publish the CCP’s propaganda. Especially under an article exposing the CCP and reminding others not to bow down under its pressure. 

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), in a letter to House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren, had alerted that CCP propaganda was commonly seen in the office of the U.S. Congress despite public opposition to the party by lawmakers.

“The Chinese party-state has successfully infiltrated our free press and even our governing legislature to spread its propaganda,” Banks wrote. “This is unacceptable and the Congress has a duty to respond.”

“This is weird. And wrong,” ABC News’ Terry Moran reacted to the editor’s note. “CNN goes out of its way to defend the indefensible in China.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, CNN’s parent company, Warner Media, significantly expanded its Asian media sector in 2020. The Asian streaming market is said to be worth $50 billion by 2025. 

To secure its share in the lucrative market, the company had agreed to “cast its net wide in terms of local content and collaborations,” the outlet wrote.

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