Four young Tibetans jailed for providing information about self-immolation

Reporters Without BordersPublished online October 4, 2012 by Reporters Without Borders.
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Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that more Tibetans, including a minor, have been given long jail sentences for trying to circulate information about the grave human rights situation in the Tibetan region, where at least 52 people have set fire to themselves since February 2009.

“China is stepping up its isolation of Tibet and, by denying journalists access and by cutting communications temporarily or permanently, is making it very hard to circulate information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The only people providing or relaying information there are the Tibetan citizens themselves, who take great risks to get reports, photos or video footage to the outside world.”

“The Chinese authorities are trying to deter members of the public from providing the international community with information by using the state secrets law, article 32 of which says it is a crime to divulge ’state secrets’ abroad.”

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