CPJ statement on press coverage of Kashgar attack

We released the following statement after news reports that two men attacked and killed 16 policemen in an apparent suicide attack in Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region:

“Journalists must be allowed to travel to Kashgar to report on this terrible incident. The world must not be forced to rely only on government-approved reports of an attack with such global implications,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator, who is monitoring Olympic media issues in China from Hong Kong.

“This is a test of China’s pledge to allow reporters to travel freely within China during the Olympics. It must be honored,” Dietz said