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Concern that detained Tibetan magazine editor is being tortured

April 27, 2009

Reporters Without Borders
April 24, 2009

Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the
physical safety of journalists and website
editors who have been arrested in the past few
months in Tibet and neighbouring Tibetan regions.
The latest to be arrested is Dokru Tsuilrim, a
monk who edited the magazine Khawai Tsesok (Soul of the Snow).

The press freedom organisation hails the release
of Golok Jigme, a monk who helped filmmaker
Dhondup Wangchen make the 2008 documentary
“Leaving fear behind”. Dhondup Wangchen is still being held.

"We are very worried by the reports of Chinese
police torturing detained Tibetans, including a
lama defended by lawyer Li Fangping,” Reporters
Without Borders said. “They increase our concern
that the six journalists detained in Tibet are
being mistreated. All those held because of the
views they expressed must be released without delay."

Chinese police arrested Dokru Tsuilrim in his
room in Ngaba Gomang monastery (in Sichuan
province) at the start of April for publishing
articles that allegedly support the “separatist
forces.” The authorities have suspended publication of his magazine.

The authorities have meanwhile stepped up
controls in Machu county in Gansu province.
According to a researcher at India’s Norbu Lingka
Institute, Chinese officials threatened reprisals
against residents who continue to listen to
international radio stations or visit websites
such as the Radio Free Asia one. The authorities
have installed dozens of satellite dishes while
confiscating those belonging to private individuals.

Tibetan human rights groups have reported new
cases of Tibetans being arrested for sending
“state secrets” abroad. One is a monk identified
as Thuksam, based in Nurma monastery, who has
been held since 11 March. The Public Security
Bureau accuses him of sending reports about human
rights violations to organisations abroad. It is
not known where he is being held.
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