China - Tibetan TV news presenter arrested in eastern Tibet



    MONTREAL, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders is deeply
worried about Tibetan TV presenter Washu Rangjong's arrest by Chinese military
police officers at his home in Amdo Golok, in the east Tibetan district of
Sertha, on 11 September. Washu is also a singer and the author of two books on
Tibetan culture.
    "The Chinese authorities must explain why this journalist and defender of
Tibetan culture has been arrested," Reporters Without Borders said. "The case
highlights the climate of fear prevailing in the Tibetan regions, where many
people have been arrested arbitrarily since the events in March."
    Washu has presented news in Tibetan for local television for the past
four years at least. Born in 1983 and the father of four children, he taught
Tibetan before becoming a journalist.
    Tsultrim Woeser, a monk, told Reporters Without Borders that the Washu
family has not been informed of the reason for his arrest.
    Tibetan singer and TV presenter Jamyang Kyi was arrested at her office at
state-owned Qinghai Television in Xining, in the western province of Qinghai,
in April and was released a month later after paying bail.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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