Tweeting Urumqi

Despite the fact that Twitter is blocked in China, and the internet is completely shutdown in Xinjiang, a handful of foreign correspondents have managed to tweet real-time updates on events outs there – either directly, or via colleagues back in their bureaus. No doubt, newspapers and magazines will soon have stories about what has and hasn’t happened in Urumuqi over the last 24 hours – but if you want to get a real-time feel for events as they are happening through the eyes of people risking life and limb to cover them, then you might consider following the harrowing real-time tweets being relayed to Malcolm Moore (@malcolmmoore), Shanghai correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, by his colleague, Peter Foster. In addition to Foster’s reports, Moore has very quickly become an informal one-man clearinghouse for tweets from other correspondents in Urumuqi, and for additional, Urumuqi-related news from China-related blogs and news sites. Must reading if you take an interest in this issue.

[UPDATE 7/8: Malcolm Moore emailed this afternoon to say that he is no longer able to access twitter. 2nd Update … not long after the first email, a solution was found, and Malcolm is twittering again.]

Other reporters tweeting in the area (full disclosure: culled from Malcolm’s tweets): Time’s Austin Ramzy (@austinramzy), Al-Jazeera’s Melissa Chan (@melissakchan). If you know of others, please let me know via the Contact Form (let Malcom know, too), and I’ll add them.

[7/8: One of the contributors to China Sports Review is in Urumqi, and he tweeted some remarkable images overnight. Follow @chinasports.]

There are, of course, many correspondents in Urumqi who are not tweeting (several of whom are my friends), and who are doing important and brave work. Here’s hoping everybody’s safe.

[UPDATE 7/7: For blog-based coverage of the unrest, the best digest is maintained at the mighty EastSouthWestNorth blog. Be warned, though: the digest includes some violent images.]