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November 16, 2011


10th Nov, 2011

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Mumbai – The recent decision by the Censor Board to remove “Free
Tibet” a fleeting reference to Tibetan freedom struggle in the film
Rockstar, releasing tomorrow has disheartened many Tibetans & Indian
supporters here in India and across the world.

Activists with Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) rallied and met the
Regional Officers of the Censor Board in various cities to highlight
the sentiments of the Tibetan & Indian people.

Here in Mumbai, SFT Mumbai activists & Tibetan writer/activist Tenzin
Tsundue met Smt. Pankaja Thakur, CEO of the Censor Board of Film
Certificate Head Quarters. They met the CEO of CBFC for over an hour
long exchange on the details of the decision taken by the Censor Board
to blur the “Free Tibet” banner from the film “Rock Star”.

“Tibetans living in India and across the world are disheartened that
the “Free Tibet” banner had been deleted from the film which otherwise
could have carried the message through this much awaited film of the
year,” said Dorjee Tseten, National Director of Students for a Free
Tibet-India. “All this is happening at a time when so much brutal
oppression is unleashed by China in Tibet, because of which twelve
young monks, nuns and young adults have set themselves in a series of
self-immolations. And we just heard this morning that there was
another case of self-immolation by a Tibetan in Kathmandu.”

Tibetan writer and activist Tenzin Tsundue also addressed the press
conference today and said: “This act of self-censorship in India
belies the larger reality of India’s support to Tibet and the Indian
people’s love and support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. As much as
it denies the Tibetan refugee living in India for the past 52 years,
it also denies Indian artists their right to freedom of expression.”

This is the time when internationally people of the world should be
standing up with the people of Tibet and support their nonviolent
freedom struggle led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. “Unfortunately
this single opportunity to see a “Free Tibet” banner in a mainstream
Hindi Film has been banned”, said Dorjee Tseten, SFT National

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