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August 11, 2010

Reporters Without Borders (RWB)
August 10, 2010

Reporters Without Borders condemns the latest
escalation in the Chinese government’s Internet
censorship and control system in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

In order to monitor and restrict the volume of
information available to Tibetans, the
authorities are insisting that all Internet cafés
and companies that make computers available to
the public in Tibet install the sophisticated
filtering and surveillance software that was
recently imposed in Beijing and other parts of China.

The Chinese government is cutting off Tibet from
the rest of the world. China’s highly developed
surveillance software is being used to stifle
free expression. Censorship in Tibet is reaching
alarming levels. As in Xinjiang, the authorities
are trying to obtain total control over news and
information in order to be able to nip any unrest in the bud.

Furthermore, since 1 August anyone wanting to
connect to the Internet from a public computer
has had to identify themselves by means a card
with a magnetic strip. This means that all the
content consulted online can now be traced back
to individual users. The authorities are using
the fight against paedophilia and pornography to
justify these repressive measures.

Tibetan blogs are being filtered almost
automatically. Dolkar Tso, the wife of Karma
Sandrup, a leading activist who was recently
jailed, has opened a new blog a total of five
times, after the authorities closed each of her
previous blogs (http://drolkartso.blog.sohu.com/%20%20).

Many blogs that are hosted abroad, such as
Himalayanfontblog and the poet Woeser’s blog,
which are both very popular, are being censored
in Tibet. International online media and the
websites of international human rights NGOs are
also inaccessible. The only online newspaper that
can be accessed is the government’s.

A list of the most important Tibetan media that are blocked:

Tibet.net
Thetibetpost.com
Phayul.com
Outlooktibet.com
Shambalapost.com
Pressoftibet.com
VOA Tibetan News: http://www1.voanews.com/tibetan/news/

You can test whether a website is accessible at
any time from behind the "Great Internet Wall of
China” by going to this web page:
http://www.websitepulse.com/help/testtools.china-test.html
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