Popular Chinese Muslim website down after posting letter critical of Xi

A Muslim man from the Chinese Hui minority reads the Koran as others listen in the sitting room in Aksu

A Muslim man from the Chinese Hui minority reads the Koran as others listen in a sitting room in Aksu, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region July 27, 2012. Picture taken July 27, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Source: Reuters

By Christian Shepherd | BEIJING

A popular website for Chinese Muslims has been inaccessible since Saturday after a critical letter addressed to Chinese President Xi Jinping was posted in one of its forums.

Users of China Muslim Net, one of China’s main websites carrying material by and about the Hui, a large and relatively well-assimilated community of China’s Muslims, say they have been unable to access the website since Saturday.

A critical open letter addressed to Xi had been uploaded in a discussion forum on the site hours before it became inaccessible.

Young, internet-savvy Hui consider the website to be an important forum for discussing matters relating to their religious practice.

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