lørdag 2. mai 2020

China Inflicts Ever Tighter Information Controls Over Tibet, Long Off-Limits to Foreign Press

Chinese authorities in Tibet have further tightened controls over information flows in the region, arresting Tibetans last year for sharing news and opinions on social media and for contacting relatives living in exile, according to rights groups and other experts. Particular targets of censors and police were images of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama shared on mobile phones and calls for the preservation of the Tibetan language, now under threat from government orders to establish Chinese as the main language of instruction in Tibetan schools.

Cedric Alviani—East Asia Bureau Chief of Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF)— told RFA’s Tibetan Service that freedom of expression in Tibetan areas of China, already heavily restricted, “has not improved due to the censorship and surveillance set up by the [ruling] Chinese Communist Party.”