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Tibetan Media Workshop: Developing Good Manner in Journalism

December 5, 2010

Friday, 03 December 2010
YC. Dhardhowa,
The Tibet Post International


Dharamshala: A two-day media workshop has been organised on Thursday (2 December) by Voice of Tibet with support of Finish organisation, KIOS to create a better understanding of journalistic works among exile journalists from various fields of Tibetan media agencies based in-exile.

Chief guest, Ms Kelsang Yangkyi Taklha, the minister for information department of the Tibetan government-in-exile, her secretary Mr Thupten Samphel, Mr Ngaba tsegyam, private scretary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Chinese section, Mr Tashi Wangchuk, president of Tibetan journalists association, editors in-chief of Tibetan media agencies and around 27 journalist attendees for the workshop from various Tibetan media agencies attended the opening ceremony of the event.

In her opening speech of the workshop, Kelsang Taklha said,"Journalists' works will be valuable and worthy if write occurrences-such as completely knowing the background of the event." The minister said that the Tibetan journalists also have the burden of being Tibetans. "As the situation inside Tibet is still very tense, working for the cause of Tibet was the responsibility of every Tibetan, that is the main reason, why we all refugees work hard regarding the skills and knowledge we possess," she added.

The workshop entitled, "Tibetan Media Workshop", will be held between December 2nd and 3rd at staff mess of the Tibetan government, Dharamshala between 9.00 am and 5 pm. Mr Karma Yeshi, editor in-chief of Voice of Tibet, said, "We have invited Indian and foreign resource personnel when organising a media workshop at the 10th founding anniversary of VOT in 2006. As this workshop will be different aspect from the previous one, this time we have invited trainers from exile Tibetan media agencies as they have decades' of experience."

The two-day workshop will cover 50 years of Tibetan democracy and the role of media, evolution of Tibetan media, introduction to various media, impact of Chinese media, Tibetan struggle and media, and terminology uniformity and its importance. All above subjects will be presented by the invited experts, with the moderators' concluding remarks and to facilitate the question-and-answer session.

Tibetan media is only more than a decade old, most of the working journalists are not qualified or trained, and do not have the relevant experience, meanwhile, Tibet is one of the countries with high levels of illiteracy in the adult population. Many Tibetans feel that the country's future, not just the future of its press, depends on better education. But, In Tibet today, there is no freedom of education, speech or press which stifles these ambitions.

To raise the quality of its profession in exile, all journalists must be better trained. Many exile media agencies are improving its programs in journalism, but for many years, almost all of the agencies lacked equipment, qualified staff, and other resources to offer adequate training, and progress has been slow. Without such professional training, journalists will cannot develop in the international community.
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