The Xinjiang Police Files is an investigation by a team of independent outlets that sheds light on the Chinese State’s alleged detention of over a million Uyghurs in internment camps. The investigation, involving journalists from ten European media houses, revealed previously unknown details, including confidential instructions from the authorities and speeches by Chinese officials. The leak contained never-before-seen photos of the inside of the camps and evidence of mass internment and arbitrary detention. The investigation triggered a worldwide response, with several foreign ministers calling for transparent investigations into China’s human rights violations.
Ahead of the 2023 IJ4EU Impact Award Ceremony, we spoke to Christoph Giesen, Der Spiegel Correspondent in Beijing, about The Xinjiang Police Files. Read more about the project here.