“Islamophobic” terms used by Chinese Internet users to stigmatize Muslims have been blocked by authorities to avoid prejudices against Islam, official media reported Thursday. China has more than 21 million Muslims mostly Uighurs in the Xinjiang and Hui community in Ningxia province, according to unofficial accounts.
“The Islamophobic terms invented by Chinese Internet users to stigmatize Muslims have been blocked by Chinese social networking authorities despite Internet criticism that such a ban is openly favorable to Muslim minorities,” Global Times newspaper.
China is currently carrying out a massive repression against the East Turkmen Islamic Movement (ETIM) in volatile Xinjiang province, where the majority Uighurs were concerned about the growing Han community settlements, 90% of the population.
ETIM is blamed by China for a series of terrorist attacks in Xinjiang and other parts of China. Reports from the province said that a large number of young people were fighting along with the Islamic State in Syria.
As a result of the ban, searches of “green religion” and “peaceful religion”, often used by Internet users to refer to Islam and to circumvent censorship of inappropriate online speech, showed no results on the Chinese Weibo microblog yesterday.