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    Posted September 3, 2014 by
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    Student voices in journalism

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    Will Students Help Prof. Ilham Tohti's Daughter To Get Her Father Freed?

    Please sign petition for nineteen year old Jewher Tohti. http://chn.ge/1A3ZvUG

    She is one of the few student voices to experience and describe repression in China. In this compelling video, Jewher bravely calls for her Chinese Government to free her father, Ilham Tohti, a popular professor, who has been starved, beaten and the family terrorized. Jewher has appeared in the New York Times, at the State Department and has received a prestigious Free Expression Award for her father from the Pen American Center.

    Professor Tohti's problems began in China when he created human rights website for dialogue between the minorities and the majority peoples. But when the website was infiltrated by troublemakers, he was arrested and his family harassed and now he has been indicted. He could serve a long prison term or worse for charges of advocating for secession or splitting China, a high crime.

    As fierce government pressure was upon him, the Professor asserted in writing that he would never commit suicide, he would never harm himself and if anything happened, his captors would certainly be responsible. Professor Tohti has been in detention since January, 2014.

    Jewher will be study journalism in the U.S. Can fellow students and others help show support for free expression by signing the petition this the President of China. Write editorial letters to your local newspaper, hold meetings and discuss this important case with friends and family.

    Threats to free speech anywhere can effect people everywhere. Watch as Jewher, Indiana University Prof. Elliot Sperling (who was recently banned from entering China to visit him, and Katherine Glenn Bass of Pen American Center describe how your support is needed: http://chn.ge/1A3ZvUG
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