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Netflix Distances Self From Authors Views On Treatment of Uighur Muslims

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Netflix says it does not agree with the views of the author of a science-fiction book trilogy its planning to adapt into a TV series on the Chinese government’s treatment of Uighur Muslims. It said this in response to U.S. senators’ concerns.


Five US senators had urged Netflix to reconsider plans to adapt the book, The Three-Body Problem, because they said the author has defended the Chinese government’s actions on ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in the Xinjiang region.


Netflix had announced its decision to turn the books into a live-action, English-language TV series. The series is to be led by D.B Weiss and David Benioff, creators of “Game of Thrones”. The Three-Body Problem and two sequels were written by Liu Cixin and he’ll serve as the consulting producer on the project.

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“Mr. Liu is the author of the book not the creator of this show. We do not agree with his comments, which are entirely unrelated to his book or this Netflix show,” Netflix Global Public Policy Vice President Dean Garfield wrote in a letter to the senators.


Liu had said to the New Yorker magazine in 2019 of the Chinese government’s treatment of Uighur Muslims; “If anything, the government is helping their economy and trying to lift them out of poverty”.


China has repeatedly denied the existence of concentration camps in Xinjiang. It also called the facilities vocational and educational institutions, accusing anti-China forces of smearing its Xinjiang policy.


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