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International support led Golok Jigme free

April 27, 2009

Association of Tibetan Journalists
April 22, 2009

Dharamsala -- Association of Tibetan Journalists
(ATJ) has received information from a reliable
source that Golok Jigme, the monk who had
assisted Dhondup Wangchen in making the
groundbreaking film, "LEAVING FEAR BEHIND" was
released on 20 April 2009 in Labrang, Sangchu
Dzong(Chinese: Xiahe County), Eastern Tibet.

Tashi Wangchuk, President of ATJ said, "We
welcome Jigme’s release. It is a culmination of
efforts put forth by international rights groups,
Tibetans under His Holiness’ leadership and above
all the courage and determination of Jigme
himself." For detail on film click http://www.leavingfearbehind.com/

ATJ has learned that a heavy monetary fine of
several thousand Yuan was levied on Jigme at the
time of his release by the Chinese authorities
who accused him of disseminating information to
the outside world. This, ATJ said, is simply a
violation of freedom of expression. "Therefore,
we urge the Chinese authorities at higher level
to investigate into the matter and take necessary
action as per the law," he added.

Golok Jigme was first arrested in March 2008 for
secretly shooting video but was later released in
October. He was arrested again last month, kept
in custody for about 40 days. Jigme had sensed
international pressure on the Chinese officials
who interrogated him and was treated unusually better than other prisoners.

"We urge the Chinese government to also release
Kunga Tsangyang, Kunchok Tsephel, Dhodup
Wangchen, Dolma Kyab and many others, who were
put behind bars for simply expressing their views
through films, blogs, poems, articles and essays etc," said Tashi.

China continues to bar foreign media from Tibetan
areas in and outside the TAR. Sources indicate
that many journalists had to face authorities’
harassment in the last one year. "Therefore, we
call on Chinese government to lift the
restriction and let media freely exercise their
journalistic duties in the region."

ATJ strongly appeals to the Chinese government to
open Tibet to the media from all over the world,
especially exile Tibetan journalists to independently observe the situation.
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