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CPJ International Press Freedom Award for Dhondup Wangchen

September 18, 2012

Zurich/London/San Francisco, 14.9.2012 - Filming for Tibet is extremely happy about today's announcement by Committee to Protect Journalists that Dhondup Wangchen, along with three others, is an awardee of 2012 CPJ International Press Freedom Award.

Gyaljong Tsetrin, Dhondup Wangchen's cousin living in Switzerland and President of "Filming for Tibet" said: "We are very proud to hear that Dhondup Wangchen has been awarded with the CPJ International Press Freedom Award. This award highlights his commitment to bringing the voices of ordinary Tibetans, who are suffering under Chinese occupation and longing for freedom, to the fore in 2008, which came at enormous personal cost."

"His immense courage and dedication for his people has made him a role model for many young Tibetans. This award is also a reminder of the hundreds, if not thousands, of political prisoners inside Tibet imprisoned for peacefully expressing their views", Tsetrin continued.

Lhamo Tso, Dhondup Wangchen's wife, presently in the US is also extremely gratified about the news: "I am very happy that my husband's works receives this amount of international acknowledgement. It is for the family a bit of a solace knowing that my husband has not been forgotten by good-hearted people around the world. I and my children are very worried about his health, pray for his early release and hope to see him soon in good health condition."

Along with Dhondup Wangchen, the three other awardees are Mauri König, Brazil, Mae Azango, Liberia and imprisoned journalist Azimjon Askarov, Kyrgyzstan. The awardees will be honored at CPJ's annual awards dinner in New York City on November 20, 2012.

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