Radio Free Asia Reporter Released In China
December 31, 2015 at 10:13 AM (PT)
CHINA has released two jailed AMERICAN journalists, including one who was a reporter for RADIO FREE ASIA, the NEW YORK TIMES reports. U.S. lawmakers claim that brothers REXIM and SHAWKET HOSHUR were jailed by CHINA in retaliation for SHOHRET's reporting on ethnic tensions in the country’s XINJIANG region.
Both men were arrested in AUGUST, 2014, and tried a year later, charged with endangering state security and leaking secrets. No verdict was announced in their case, and no reason was given for their release. The brothers have returned to their home in QORGHAS COUNTY, an area near the KAZAKHSTAN border. Another brother, TUDAXUN HOSHUR, continues to serve a five-year sentence for endangering state security.
“This is welcome news, obviously, for SHOHRET and his family,” RADIO FREE ASIA spokesman ROHIT MAHAJAN said. “But we remain concerned about other reporters at R.F.A. with family in CHINA finding themselves in the same situation. SHOHRET has had to work under extraordinary pressure for the duration of this process, which has unfolded over a year-and-a-half.”