Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio argued the New York Times should explain why it has not disclosed information regarding Chinese President Xi Jinping’s role in the genocide of Uyghur Muslims in China.
China is reportedly running large camps of Uyghur captives in East Turkistan that have been labeled genocide by human rights researchers.
Both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump formally declared the actions against the Uyghur people as genocide.
“For unknown reasons, the New York Times appears to have intentionally withheld documents that directly linked top Chinese Communist Party officials, including General Secretary Xi Jinping, to the ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,” Rubio wrote in a letter to the Times on Tuesday.
“In those now-released ‘Top Secret’ transcripts – documents that the New York Times has allegedly had in its possession since at least 2019 – Xi explicitly authorized changing local counterterrorism laws, rounding up and sentencing Uyghurs, the use of forced sterilization, and the use of slave labor in Xinjiang,” the letter added.
In a press release from Rubio’s office, he noted, “In late 2019, the New York Times received 403 pages of leaked documents, including the speech, that outlined what Xi intended to do in Xinjiang. The New York Times selectively reported on the Xinjiang Papers on November 16, 2019 and suspiciously failed to publish the key documents with critical information about the role Xi and other top officials played.
“Many of those documents have now been released to the Uyghur Tribunal, giving the public the opportunity to learn the information that the New York Times has been withholding. ”
The investigation will likely continue, with Rubio standing as one of the few lawmakers willing to challenge the Times regarding the issue.