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Letter to WTN from Mr. Tsering Tashi, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

January 25, 2008

Editor
WTN, Canada

With regard to the ITV news report that you had reproduced in World
Tibet Network News on 19 January, you are requested to also kindly
reproduce the below attached letter sent to the ITV for the record and
information of all concerned.


Re:  ITV News interview correction for publication/broadcast

Dear Mr. Singleton,

ITV's interest in interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama for their
Tibet-related report is encouraging and much appreciated.  However, with
reference to the ITV report aired on 18 January, seen yesterday by the
Secretary to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mr. Chhime R. Chhoekyapa, who
is now back in Dharamsala in northern India following the conclusion of
His Holiness' visit to south India, I am directed to convey the
following points to the ITV for the record and necessary correction:

    1. In response to your Asia Correspondent Mr. John Ray's question of
whether His Holiness supported the calls by some NGOs, including Tibet
support groups, for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics, His Holiness had
commented that it was too radical.

    2. When the interviewer subsequently asked if the NGOs should
continue with their protests, His Holiness had said that they should
remind the international community about the repression and urgency of
the situation in Tibet.  His Holiness also mentioned that according to
some sources, the Chinese authorities are reportedly instigating some
people, including a handful of Tibetans, to hold demonstrations in
Beijing against His Holiness during the Beijing Olympics.

You will agree that the above comments also made by His Holiness the
Dalai Lama in the course of Mr. John Ray's interview, which was
conducted on 17 January, to compliment his report on the prevailing
humane and difficult situation in Tibet, is different from the lead ITV
had given in both the printed and aired versions, which apparently did
not have any direct quote from His Holiness to back the given lead.  We
are confident that ITV and all concerned will kindly note and make the
required corrections and thank you again for your kind interest.

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Tsering Tashi (Mr)
Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The Office of Tibet
Tibet House
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London NW8 7AF
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