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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Journalists should be nosey as elephants: Dalai Lama

July 31, 2009

(AFP) – July 29, 2009

WARSAW — Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday urged
journalists to be as nosey as elephants in seeking out information for
the good of society.

"I am always telling when I meet the press, media people, they should
have long noses like elephants and that it should smell in front and
also behind," he told a predominantly student audience at Warsaw University.

He also called on Chinese authorities to allow for freedom of information.

"In a totalitarian regime like China (there's) too much censorship, no
free information -- it's not only morally wrong but also practically is
ultimately a source of poverty."

"All information (is) censored, all information stopped -- how can you
develop trust? Without trust, how can harmony, friendship develop?
Impossible," he said.

The Dalai Lama, 74, arrived in the Polish capital on Monday for a
three-day visit during which he is to receive the honorary citizenship
of the city.

On Tuesday he also visited a museum dedicated to the World War II Warsaw
Uprising, a doomed 1944 insurrection by the Polish resistance against
occupying Nazi German troops.

Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of wanting full independence for Tibet, a
claim which he himself has called "totally baseless", insisting instead
on an autonomous status for his Himalayan homeland within China.

He has lived in exile in India since fleeing Tibet after a failed
uprising in 1959 against Chinese rule, nine years after Chinese troops
invaded the territory.
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