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Lu Guang, winner of World Press Photo Awards, disappears in China

In a country where the media is state-controlled and heavily censored, Lus's work has long revealed a side of China…

In a country where the media is state-controlled and heavily censored, Lus’s work has long revealed a side of China that risks chafing authorities. Portraits of coal miners, AIDS patients and addicts as victims of China’s economic growth are topics that Beijing may consider to be “sensitive.”

Lastly, Lus has been working for Greenpeace focused on pollution and how development ever poisoned China’s landscape and its

Greenpeace refused to comment on his disappearance.

But Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Committee for the Protection of Journalists have all urged the Chinese government to clarify what happened to Lu.

“Chinese authorities must immediately report to Lu Guang’s place of residence, let him travel freely and stop the hard actions against journalists across the country,” said Steven Butler, Asia Program Coordinator for the Protection of Journalists. “Lice detention is a high profile illustration of the cruel and arbitrary way that China holds journalists and other civilians in Xinjiang.”

Beijing faces increased international pressure over Xinjiang, where the state maintains a network of detention centers or so

An estimated one million Chinese Muslims, mostly from the Uighur minority, have disappeared in the camps over Xinjiang in what rights groups have called it largest mass integration of civilians in the world today.

] In a recent interview with NBC News in Kazakhstan, a former prisoner described in one of the camps imprisonment and political indoctrination with patriotic songs and lessons in Chinese laws and loyalty.

“They brainwash us,” said Kairat Samarkand, 30, referring to his almost four months in detention. “If you violate their rules, they will punish you.”

Samarkand said that prisoners were divided into three categories according to their perceived crime: those who were religious, those who traveled abroad and criminals.

After long denial of imprisonment, Beijing has launched a propaganda campaign to portray the camps as a benign “vocational training center” aimed at combating extremism in a region it considers to be vulnerable.

Foreign journalists traveling to Xinjiang, including an NBC News Team, have routinely been detained and followed by security agents and police officers who monitor, prevent and prevent reporting at detention camps.

Lu was honored as winner of the 2004 press competition for World Press Photo for revealing “AIDs villages” in Henan Province where people infected with HIV after selling the blood had to live in poverty. His exposure led the state to act. In 2015 he took third place for his ongoing series of “Development and Pollution”.

“The reality in China, you never know if you will be in trouble because there are no written rules,” Lu said in an interview last year with FT.com. “The only way to find out if something is allowed is to do it.”

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