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American "Citizen Journalists" Detained In Beijing

August 22, 2008

Kathy's US Politics Blog
August 20, 2008

At least eight Americans as well as other Western nationals have been
detained by the Chinese government, according to Reuters, for
expressing political speech related to Tibet. We Americans take our
right to "free speech" as a given, although this right is not a global one.

Acts of journalism -- what we think of as the Fourth Estate -- are
vital to a democracy. In this digital age, these acts of journalism
are increasingly being performed by bloggers. Marshall Kirkpatrick at
ReadWriteWeb provides more details as well as this information: Call
the US Congressional Foreign Affairs Committee, +1 202 225 5021, to
register your concern about the Americans being held by the Chinese government.

The history of China and Tibet is long and complex. In the 14th
century Tibet asserted its independence. Fast-forward to 1950, when
the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of the People's Republic of China
invaded Tibet. Skip to 1959, when the Dalai Lama, the titular head of
Tibet, escaped to India. Back in Tibet, members of the Dalai Lama's
bodyguard were publicly executed by firing squad. On the 49th
anniversary of the 1959 uprising (10 March 2008), Tibetans held a
peaceful protest, asking for the release of monks and nuns held in
prison. The Chinese police responded with tear gas and gunfire.
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