When ICIJ obtained secret Chinese government documents that outlined how Muslim minorities in Western China were being targeted for extrajudicial internment, NBC, ICIJ and their partners embarked on a months-long effort to verify the stunning documents, report out the allegations contained within them, and tell a side of the story that had never been told before.
The result: a Weekend Nightly News story and a Today Show story that each aired to a respective audience of 4 million people, and an accompanying 4,000-word digital interactive that accrued more than 700,000 views in its first 3 hours online. The stories from NBC News harnessed satellite imagery, classified Chinese government documents, and the harrowing accounts of two Uighur women who went through an ordeal most can’t imagine.
Other broadcast stories from our international partners like CBC, BBC, and NDR meant that the China Cables reached people all over the world. The China Cables revealed, in the Chinese government’s own words, how secretive “re-education” camps in the far west region of Xinjiang operate, and what sort of surveillance data gets innocent Muslims sent to them.