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Chinese hackers attack Oz film fest site over Rabiya film

Chinese hackers have allegedly replaced an Australian film festival website with the flag of the Communist nation and slogans against Rabiya Kadeer, a Uighur leader whom Beijing blames for inciting the worst communal unrest in its Muslim dominated Xinjiang.

world Updated: Jul 26, 2009 20:17 IST

Chinese hackers have allegedly replaced an Australian film festival website with the flag of the Communist nation and slogans against Rabiya Kadeer, a Uighur leader whom Beijing blames for inciting the worst communal unrest in its Muslim dominated Xinjiang.

Kadeer, 62, spent six years in a Chinese prison before she was released into exile in the US in 2005. In 2004, she won the Rafto Prize for human rights.

Richard Moore, head of the Melbourne International Film Festival, told the BBC that he had come under pressure from Chinese officials to withdraw the film about Kadeer and cancel her invitation to the festival. He said the attacks on the festival's website began about 10 days ago.

Content on the Melbourne International Film Festival site was briefly replaced with the Chinese flag and anti-Kadeer slogans yesterday, reports said. In an earlier protest on Friday, Beijing withdrew four Chinese films.

Earlier this month, around 200 people died and 1,600 were injured during fighting in the region between the mostly Muslim Uighurs and settlers from China's Han majority.

Melbourne's The Age newspaper says private security guards have been hired to protect Kadeer and other film-goers.

She is due to attend the screening of Ten Conditions of Love, by Australian documentary-maker Jeff Daniels.

Chinese authorities blame Kadeer, leader of the World Uighur Congress, for inciting ethnic unrest in Xinjiang - charges she denies, the BBC reported.