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Shohret Hoshur

2017 Speaker - Uyghur journalist

Asia-Pacific and South Asia

Shohret Hoshur is a Uyghur journalist known for his reporting on China’s human rights abuses, particularly within Uyghur communities. In December 1994, Hoshur left his homeland in the northwestern part of China, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, on a false passport, after writing two articles in his native Uyghur language that incensed the local authorities. Hoshur is now a U.S. citizen and continues to report on Xinjiang from Washington, D.C., for Radio Free Asia. Hoshur’s accounts of violence are known to be among the few reliable sources of information about incidents in a part of China that the government has sought to hide from international scrutiny. In retaliation for Hoshur’s reporting, the Chinese government arrested three of his brothers in 2014 and 2015 as a means of threatening the journalist. Two of the brothers were released in December 2015 as a result of international pressure; however, Hoshur’s brother Tudaxun is currently serving a five-year sentence in a Chinese labor camp. Despite these attacks on his family, Hoshur persists in his reporting.