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Four Tibetan writers jailed for criticising Chinese government

August 9, 2009

International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX)
August 8, 2009

Incident details: Arrest, Imprisonment
Zhuori Cicheng, Editor
Gang Ni, Writer
Tashi "Therang" Rabten, Journalist
Kang Gongque, Editor
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(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders is shocked
to learn of the imprisonment of four Tibetan
writers, which was reported on 3 August 2009 by
the Tibetan blogger "Woeser" and has been
confirmed by other local blogs (Aryatara,
Ganglin, Sangge, Lmgo), all of which have
subsequently been blocked. Three of the writers
were arrested in this year; the fourth has been held since March 2008.

"The repression of Tibetan writers must stop,"
Reporters Without Borders said. "It is a disgrace
for China that Tibet-based writers and
journalists are not allowed to express their
views freely and criticise the government in
Beijing. Most of them are being held without trial in unknown locations."

The press freedom organisation added: "It is
typical of the difficulty of obtaining news and
information about Tibet that we do not learn of
the imprisonment of well-known figures until as much as a year has gone by."

According to a blog entry posted by Woeser
(Invisible Tibet), Zhuori Cicheng, 27, the
founder and editor of the literary magazine "Life
of Snow," was jailed on 2 April for writing
articles that allegedly "incited separatism."

The same blog entry reported that Gang Ni, a monk
who wrote such articles as "Who are the real
separatists?" and "Tibetans, we must recognise
the truth about AIDS," has been held since 17 March.

Tashi Rabten, a journalist known by the pen-name
"Therang," was arrested on 27 July after
self-publishing "The Book of Blood," a collection
of 32 articles about the March 2008 riots in
Tibet. He is being held in a prison in Ruoergai,
in Sichuan province (east of Tibet).

Kang Gongque, editor of the newspaper "Gangsai
Meiduo" and founder of the Barkham University
newspaper, was arrested on 20 March 2008 in Luomo
temple in Qinghai, a province to the northeast of
Tibet, after condemning the bloody crackdown on
that month's rioting. He is now serving a
two-year sentence in a prison in Chengdu, in Sichuan province.
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