Infinova Deletes Xinjiang References, Hiding Evidence

By Charles Rollet, Published Jan 07, 2019, 07:12am EST

Infinova has deleted all posts about Xinjiang on its website due to IPVM’s investigation of its business ties there and successfully directed industry publication Asmag to delete an interview with them on the topic.

IPVM’s investigation, which used these posts as evidence, confirmed substantial Infinova involvement in the Western Chinese region amid widespread concern that Xinjiang’s ‘surveillance state’ is being used to facilitate severe human rights abuses.

In this article, we examine what Infinova’s website originally contained, how Infinova got Asmag to delete its own article, and what this means for reporting on Xinjiang overall.

Infinova ******** ********

**** ** *** ******** used ** **** **** from ***** ***** **** Infinova’s *** ******* ******* [link ** ****** *********]:

  • * ******** **** **** [link ** ****** *********] stating ****: “******** ** also *****the ***** ***** ** *********** ****** ** *** ******** ******** ** ****** ******** and has made an integral ************ ** *** ************ ** ********’* **** **** ********. In 2014, it won the IP operation and maintenance project for safe city security in the entire ******** ********** ******.” [emphasis added]
  • ** ****** **** **** [link ** ****** *********] stating **** *,*** ******** cameras **** ** *** at * **** **** project ** ********’* ****** biggest ****, *****.
  • * ******** **** **** [link ** ****** *********] about * ******** ******** project *** *** *** Rapid ******* ****** ** Xinjiang’s ******* ** ******.

*** ***** ***** **** online *** ****** ******** for **** ***** ***** before **** ********* ******** for *** *****. *******, at **** ***** ***** IPVM **** ******** ***** to ***** ******** ***** to ***********, *** ** them **** ***** **** and **** ** **** like **** ***** ******* in *** ***** *****, with **“*********** ****** *****”********* ** ******* ** shown *****:

**** *** ***** **** copies ** *** ** these ***** (*** **** so ** ****** **** of *** *********):

******** **** ****: “*** Paris ******* ******** *** world. **** ** *** path *** ******** ** prevent ****?”

******** **** **** ***** BRT: “Urumqi **** *** ******* and *** ***** ******* (BRT) ***** ************”

****** **** ****: "***** City *********** ********** ******* System"

All ***** ******** ******** ****

******** ******* ** **** deleted *** ********* ** Xinjiang ** *** *******; searching *** ******* **** for ******** (“新疆”) ********** * ********* *** ****. **** relatively ********* ******** ******** in ******** ***** **** not ***** ** ****, like * ************ ******** for * **** [**** no ****** *********], **** been ********.

Asmag ******* ******* ** ********’* *******

******** ********* ***** ***** a **** ********* ********* in *** ******* ******* [link ** ****** *********] where ** ******** ********* stated **** *** *******’* Safe **** ******* *** 130,000 ******* ****** *** Xinjiang ********. **** ********* was ******** ** ****'* investigation ** ******* ********.

**** **** * ***** after ** *** *********, Infinova *** **** **** interview ** *** *** executive *** ********** ******* only *% ** *** physical ***,*** ******* **** Infinova’s, ******** ** *** sell ******** "******* ** integrator". **** ******** **** Infinova *** ***** ****** ** *** *******. *******, ******** **** ******* and ***** ***** ** delete *** ********* ********* altogether.

******** ** ****** ******* with ** *********** ** highly ******* ** **********. However, ***** ******* *** piece, ******-**-***** **** *** confirmed ** ****.

*** **** *** ******** was **** ******* “******** requested ** ******* ***** own ***** ***** **** say ** *********.” **** IPVM ***** *** ** correction ** ********** ****** was ********, *** ****** it *** “***** ********” for ***** ******** *********** and ***** *** **** online. *** ******** *** retraction ** *** *****, stating **** “******** ** other ************* *** *** in ******** ** ***** us ** ** ******.”

Infinova ********

**** ***** ******** *** it ******* *** ******** references - ** *******:

********* *** *******, ***** were **** ********* ** unclear ***/** ********** *******, and ** ******* ** remove *** ********.

Impact ** ******** ******** ** ******** *********

**** ******** *********, ********* IPVM’s, *** **** ****** by ********-********* ****** ********* found ** *** ******** of ******* ***********, *********, bidding ********, *** ******** publications. *** ** ******** reporting ** ******** *** increased ************* **** ****, many ** ***** ****** materials **** ************ ***********.

*** *******, **** ** the ***** ** *** government ***************** ** *** ******* Adrian ****** ******** *** ****** of ‘**-********* *****’ **** for **** ********** *** [link ** ****** *********] now [**** ** ****** available] **** [**** ** longer *********]. **** **** of ************* ***** ********* about ******** ********** **** since ******** ***** ** the ****** *** ** dangerous *** *********, **** a ******* *************** ******** there **** **** *****. [link ** ****** *********] 

******** **** ******** ********** a ********* ****** ** hide ******** ** *********** in ******** ***, **** more **********, ****** ********* to ****** *** *** area’s******** *********** ********** ********.

Comments (2)

Charles, good follow up.

In the West, it is hard to imagine that any company could systematically wipe out references of negative actions, given freedom of the press and the general lack of censorship.

But, in China, where censorship is severe and criticism of the government routinely results in imprisonment or worse, this is the norm.

And sources like the BBC, NY Times, WSJ are blocked in China, as has IPVM become blocked this fall, helping to censor and bar critical information.

The good news for Chinese manufacturers making hundreds of millions in Xinjiang is that further business will be blocked from public coverage, facilitated by the Chinese government, so those companies can continue to profit while creating the impression that they are now free of involvement.

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Deleting an entire article with no explanation is highly unusual in journalism. However, Asmag removed the piece...

Is there actually a relationship between “Asmag” and “journalism”?

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