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World Tibet Network News

Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Sunday, July 6, 2003

5. Tibetan journalist seek permission to cover Tibet

DHARAMSALA, India, July 5 (AFP) - Tibetan journalists Saturday requested the
Chinese ambassador in New Delhi, Hua Jundua, to give them permission to go
to Tibet and cover the situation in the Himalayan region.

"In view of the People's Republic of China's pride in developing Tibet
economically and culturally, and protecting the environment of the plateau,
we, the Tibetan journalists, request permission to visit the Tibetan regions
of China and produce updated media coverage," the journalists said in a
letter to the envoy.

"As Tibetans residing in India, we also request the right to travel across
the Tibetan plateau and record the ground realities of China's development
and conservation policies on film and in print."

Television and print media journalists from around the world were invited by
the Chinese government to tour Tibet in August 2002. This followed
substantial coverage on Tibet.

The letter was issued after a meeting of the Tibetan journalists.

The meeting was held a day ahead of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama's
birthday. The Dalai Lama declared democracy for Tibetans in 1960 and
promulgated a constitution for a future, free Tibet, based on the principles
of modern democracy.

The Tibetan journalists came together and formed the Press Club of Tibet in
1997. The Club has about 30 members, who are mostly based in Dharamsala, the
seat of the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile.

"If China is genuine with their claims of developmental projects in Tibet,
and if they were as true as they were reported, the Chinese authorities
should not have problems in permitting a media group from Tibetans-in-exile
covering these developmental projects," Ugyen Norbu, a spokesman for the
club and radio journalist said.

Ugyen said he felt discriminated against when no single Tibetan journalist
was included in the Chinese government's media tour of Tibet in August 2002.

"I am sure that the Chinese authorities will consider our request, and give
the permission. We would like to visit places that we want to."

Articles in this Issue:
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  2. Nepal Police Relent, Celebrations Go Ahead
  3. Old rivals search for common ground
  5. Tibetan journalist seek permission to cover Tibet

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