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Tibetan writer arrested

March 25, 2009

Reporters Without Borders
March 23, 2009

Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of Tibetan writer Kunga
Tseyang on 17 March, as well as the re-arrest of Jigmey Gyatso, a
monk who helped Dhondup Wangchen made "Leaving fear behind," a 2008
documentary with interviews with more than 100 Tibetans including
monks and elderly people.

"Kunga Tseyang's arrest appears to be directly related to articles he
wrote recently and is yet another example of the way the Chinese
authorities are cracking down on Tibetan writers and journalists,"
Reporters Without Borders said. "We urge the Chinese government to
free him without delay."

Aged 20, Tseyang is based in Lungkar monastery in Golok county (in
eastern Tibet). He also studied at Labdrang Tashi Kyil monastery and
the Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies. He has written many
articles about Buddhism and Tibetan art and culture. His most widely
read articles include "Who is the real separatist", "Who stand up
us", "China must apologize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama" and
"Tibetans, we must be aware of AIDS."

Tseyang is also an environmental activist and helps the Yutse
Environment Department as a photographer. The authorities have not
said why he has been arrested or where he is being held.
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