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Leading Tibetan Freed, Awaiting Trial

May 24, 2008

Radio Free Asia
May 20, 2008

KATHMANDU -- Chinese authorities in Tibet have released on bail a
leaading Tibetan writer, television producer, and performer, Jamyang
Kyi, who expects to stand trial on charges related to the March
protests against Chinese rule in the region, Tibetan sources said.

Sources who asked not to be named said relatives had paid 5,000 yuan
in bail and that she was awaiting trial on unspecified charges. Phone
calls to Jamyang Kyi went unanswered and her family has urged friends
to avoid phoning their home.

Jamyang Kyi was detained April 1 by plainclothes state security
officers who escorted her from her office at state-owned Qinghai TV.
"She never returned," a source in Siling [in Chinese, Xining] said.
"People were speculating that she was detained in a guesthouse for

Jamyang Kyi has travelled widely and performed and lectured in the
United States.

"Security people went to Jamyang Kyi's house to search her computer,
her mailing list, and contact numbers and took all these away,"
another source in Xining said.

Television producer, musician, activist, blogger

Jamyang Kyi, in her 40s, has worked as a producer in the
Tibetan-language section of state-run Qinghai TV for two decades. She
is well-known among Tibetans as an activist on women's issues, and
she toured the United States to sing and lecture in 2006.

Her blog at "is" is
popular among young, computer-savvy Tibetans, although she stopped
updating it several months before anti-Chinese protests erupted in
Lhasa in mid-March and then spread to other regions.

Born in Mangra county [in Chinese, Guinan] in remote northwestern
Qinghai province, Kyi is also a singer and songwriter and has
released several well-received albums: "Prayer," a music CD, and two
video CDs, "Distant Lover" and "Karma." Her music comprises elements
of both modern pop and traditional folk music from all areas of Tibet.

Jamyang Kyi hasn't been detained in the past, according to Tibet
experts, and the specific reason for her arrest this month is unclear.

But in the wake of the largest and most violent anti-Chinese protests
in Tibet in almost 50 years, authorities are questioning numerous
Tibetans from the Kham, Amdo, and Lhasa regions who have travelled
internationally in recent years, Tibetan sources say.

Original reporting by RFA's Tibetan service. Tibetan service
director: Jigme Ngapo. Written and produced in English by Sarah Jackson-Han.
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