BBG Coverage of Tibet Cited in Global Press

Coverage of self-immolation protests in Tibet by Radio Free Asia and Voice of America have been picked up by other media outlets around the would in recent weeks.


China cracks down after Tibetan self-immolations – The Independent, June 1, 2012

Locals and many pilgrims from all over the region were rounded up and brought to detention centres around the city, while anyone not from Tibet has been expelled, the broadcaster Radio Free Asia said, estimating the number detained at about 600. Checkpoints manned by Chinese security forces have been set up at key areas near the Jokhang Temple.

Also cited in ReutersTibetan ReviewTimes of India, and other news outlets.


China ‘detains hundreds’ in Tibet capital – AFP, May 30, 2012

Radio Free Asia said Chinese security forces had rounded up hundreds of residents and pilgrims in the wake of Sunday’s incident, the first major protest in the heavily-guarded city since deadly anti-government riots in 2008.

Also cited in Al JazeeraThe GuardianThe New York TimesBBC, and other news outlets.


Two Tibetans set themselves on fire in Lhasa – The Telegraph, May 28, 2012

“The security forces arrived immediately and put out the fire and all the tourists in the area were cordoned off from the site,” a witness told Radio Free Asia, a station funded by the United States to promote information and ideas across China and South East Asia. “Within 15 minutes, the area was cleaned and not a trace of the incident was left.”


Tibetan Capital Sees First Self-Immolations – New York Times, May 29, 2012

The self-immolations on Sunday were first reported by Radio Free Asia and Voice of America, which have contact with Tibetans in western China. Voice of America reported that the two men worked at a restaurant in Lhasa called Nyima Ling. Radio Free Asia said the two were monks who were taken away in security vehicles within 15 minutes of setting themselves on fire.

Also cited in APReutersRadio AustraliaAl JazeeraThe GuardianBBCDeutsche Welle, and other publications.


Technology Reaches Remote Tibetan Corners, Fanning Unrest – New York Times, May 23, 2012

These days, the unmistakable marimba jingle of iPhones and the melodic bleep of Skype can be heard in lamaseries across this remote expanse of snowy peaks and high-altitude grasslands in northwestern China. Even Tibetan nomads living off the grid use satellite dishes to watch Chinese television — and broadcasts from Radio Free Asia and the Voice of America.