Recently we came across a poignant LinkedIn post on Xinjiang, in which investigative journalist Jaq James explores facts and fiction in a report by ASPI (Australian Strategic Policy Institute). RCN Asia is drawing your attention to Jaq James' post as we believe it was both well-researched and well-written. We are sharing this so that our community and the wider community can access these poignant viewpoints and judge for yourself.
Jaq James' LinkedIn post says:
"New version of my paper debunking ASPI's "Uyghurs for Sale" report out now. The revised version addresses some misinterpretations of my paper by journalist Michael Sainsbury.
In particular, pay attention to section 18.104.22.168 of my paper, which makes unequivocally clear why ASPI's suggestion that Uyghurs attending night school classes as being akin to cultural genocide does not pass scrutiny. It's extraordinary that Sainsbury played along with ASPI's game.
I'll be dealing with the other problems in Sainsbury's commentary separately at a later date. But what I can say at this stage is, the way I see it, Sainsbury's piece was designed to belittle me and my work, and elevate the status of ASPI's authors and their work. In doing so, he exacerbated the massive power imbalance between me (a lone private citizen with no institutional backing) and ASPI (an Australian Government company). It isn't fair and it isn't just."
Download report below:
"The Australian Strategic Policy Institute's 'Uyghurs for Sale' report:
Scholarly Analysis or Strategic Disinformation?"