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China - Tibetan TV news presenter arrested in eastern Tibet

September 22, 2008

MONTREAL, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders is 
deeply worried about Tibetan TV presenter Washu Rangjong's arrest by 
Chinese military police officers at his home in Amdo Golok, in the 
east Tibetan district of Sertha, on 11 September. Washu is also a 
singer and the author of two books on Tibetan culture.

     "The Chinese authorities must explain why this journalist and 
defender of Tibetan culture has been arrested," Reporters Without 
Borders said. "The case highlights the climate of fear prevailing in 
the Tibetan regions, where many people have been arrested arbitrarily 
since the events in March."

     Washu has presented news in Tibetan for local television for the 
past four years at least. Born in 1983 and the father of four 
children, he taught Tibetan before becoming a journalist.

      Tsultrim Woeser, a monk, told Reporters Without Borders that the 
Washu family has not been informed of the reason for his arrest.     
Tibetan singer and TV presenter Jamyang Kyi was arrested at her office 
at state-owned Qinghai Television in Xining, in the western province 
of Qinghai, in April and was released a month later after paying bail.

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director, 
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111,
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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