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Jailing of four Tibetan writers criticized

August 7, 2009

Tibetan Review.
August 6, 2009)

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders has
criticized China Aug 4 for jailing Tibetan
writers recently. The jailings were revealed by
Beijing based Tibetan blogger Woeser Tibetan in
her “Invisible Tibet” blog posting on Aug 3. At
least four blog postings in Tibet which confirmed
the arrests have since been blocked by the authorities, it said.

While three of the writers were held this year,
one has been in detention since Mar’08.

Zhuori Cicheng, 27, founder-editor of the
literary magazine "Life of snow" was jailed on
Apr 2 for writing articles that allegedly “incited separatism”.

Gang Ni, a monk who wrote "Who are the real
separatists?" and "Tibetans, we must recognise
the truth about AIDS," has been held since Mar 17.

Tashi Rabten, a journalist with the pen-name
"Therang," was held on Jul 27 after
self-publishing "The Book of Blood," a collection
of 32 articles about the Mar’08 violence in
Tibet. He is said to be held in a prison in
Ruoergai (Tibetan: Zoege), Sichuan province.

And Kang Gongque, the editor of the newspaper
Gangsai Meiduo and founder of the Barkham
university newspaper, was arrested on Mar 20’08
in Luomo temple in Qinghai Province. He was held
after he condemned the bloody crackdown on that
month’s disturbance. He is serving a two-year
sentence in a prison in Sichuan’s capital Chengdu.
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