Wife says Xinjiang picture-seeker under arrest

China | 13 Dec 2018

An award-winning Chinese photojournalist who vanished last month in Xinjiang was "officially arrested" by local authorities, his wife said yesterday.

The wife of Lu Guang said police in Kashgar had called and confirmed her husband was under arrest, though no charges were mentioned. Lawyers were now on the case, said Xu Xiaoli.

Kashgar police, meanwhile, said officers had no "relevant information" on the Lu case.

Lu's 25-year career has produced many award-winning photographs that reveal dark sides of China's development. Topics have included industrial pollution, worker abuse, AIDS-plagued villages and African timber exported illegally to China.

A World Press Photo awards winner, US-based Lu had planned to travel from Xinjiang to Sichuan on November 5, but his wife said from New York that she lost contact with him two days before when he was in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi.

Lu was visiting the region as a tourist and to teach and interact with local photographers, Xu said.

Xinjiang, home to the mainly Muslim Uygur minority, has undergone a security crackdown after clashes that have killed hundreds in recent years.

Up to a million Uygurs and other Turkic-speaking groups have been put in political re-education camps, according to estimates cited by a United Nations panel.


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