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Jail terms for Tibetans who posted Dalai Lama photos: report

December 8, 2009

Australia Network News
December 7, 2009

A Chinese court has sentenced two Tibetans to jail after the pair posted
pictures of the Dalai Lama on the Internet.

Paris-based media watchdog Reporters without Borders says the two men,
Gyaltsen and Nyima Wangdu, were sentenced to three years each after
being convicted of "communicating information to contacts outside China".

"These convictions are absurd. These young people should not be made to
pay for the tension between the Chinese authorities and the Dalai Lama,"
the group said in a statement.

Photos of the exiled Tibetan leader have been banned in Tibet for years,
with the ban apparently coming under renewed enforcement following
anti-China riots in Lhasa in March 2008.

Reporters Without Borders says the two were detained in, Lhasa, the
Tibetan capital, on October 1.

Three other Internet users were also arrested for similar reasons on
December 1 but have yet to face court.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet following an aborted uprising in 1959.

He now lives in exile in India.
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