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Canadian went to China to debunk reports of anti-Muslim repression, but was ‘shocked’ by treatment of Uyghurs, by Tom Blackwell (National Post)

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Sept. 26, 2019

In a strange tale of propaganda gone wrong, Olsi Jazexhi was stunned during a stage-managed tour for journalists by the ‘concentration camps’ he was taken to

Olsi Jazexhi admits now he was hopelessly naïve.

The Albanian-Canadian historian doubted reports that China systematically repressed its Uyghur Muslim minority, believing the West had concocted the allegations to whip up jihadi fervour against Beijing.

So this August he joined a stage-managed tour for foreign journalists of Xinjiang province, where the minority group is concentrated.

The excursion didn’t quite work out as planned.

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