tirsdag 7. april 2020

Chinese Campaign in Tibet Rewards Tibetans for Reporting on Each Other

Chinese authorities in the Tibetan Autonomous Region recently announced a campaign aimed at stamping out rumors and misinformation, but Tibet analysts say that its true purpose is to stifle freedom of expression, especially among advocates of Tibetan independence. According to an April 1 report in the China Tibet Online, the 17-point “Squash Rumors and Reactionary Activities” campaign offers prizes for people who tip off authorities to a wide swath of illegal activities.

Tipsters can earn between 1,000 and 10,000 yuan (U.S. $141-$1,410) for reporting on activities ranging from the creation or distribution of unauthorized publications, advocacy for a higher degree of autonomy for Tibet, and the "misguidance" of religious followers through the encouragement of superstitious belief.