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Tibetan writers arrested

September 9, 2010

Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Sep 7, 2010

BEIJING -- Two Tibetan journalists have been
arrested in northwestern China after writing
about a government crackdown on 2008 ethnic
unrest in Tibet, a press freedom group said today.

The writers, identified as Buddha and Kalsang
Jinpa, were taken into police custody in Qinghai
province in June and July respectively, and were
accused of “separatism,” the Paris-based
Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.

It said the arrests bring the number of Tibetan
journalists and writers jailed in China to 15,
“almost half the number of journalists detained in China” for their writings.

At least another 50 Tibetans are in custody for
sending information abroad, the group said, without elaborating.

"There has been no let-up in these arrests since
March 2008 and their effect is to drastically
curtail the ability of Tibetan intellectuals to
make their voices heard,” the group said, while demanding the pair’s release.

The India-based Tibet Post International said the
two writers were arrested after publishing their articles outside China.

Police in Xining, the capital of Qinghai
province, denied any knowledge of the matter when contacted by AFP.

China -- which says it "peacefully liberated"
Tibet in 1951 -- says 21 people were killed by
rioters during the March 2008 turmoil that
started in Lhasa, capital of the remote Himalayan region.

The unrest spread to ethnic Tibetan areas throughout China.

Exiled Tibetan groups say more than 200 Tibetans
died -- most of them at the hands of Chinese
security forces who responded with a huge crackdown. -- AFP
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