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US urges China to free family members of US-based journalist

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is urging Chinese authorities to release family members of a Washington-based Radio Free Asia journalist who have faced harassment in apparent retribution for his reporting.

Shohret Hoshur (SHOH-ret HO-shur), a U.S. citizen, works for the U.S. government-funded radio’s service for minority ethnic Uighurs (WEE’-gurs) in China’s far west.

Hoshur says his family has learned that two of his brothers, detained since last August, will go on trial next week on anti-state charges. A third brother was sentenced last June to five years, accused of endangering state security.

Michael Quinlan, a spokesman for the department’s East Asia bureau, urged China Friday to release the family members who have been detained and treat them fairly and with dignity.

He said the department continues to closely monitor the case.

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