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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Woser Blog Shut Down

July 31, 2006
Woser blog shut down

(AFP) China has shut down a popular blog by the Tibetan author Woser (Chin: Weisei) after she wrote birthday wishes for the Dalai Lama and touched on other sensitive topics, the writer and a website operator have reported. The blog also discussed the HIV/Aids problem in Tibet, the impact of the recently completed Tibet railway on Tibetan culture, and the 40th anniversary of what happened in Tibet during the Cultural Revolution. A manager of one of two websites that carried the blogs said that they were ordered to remove the blog. "On 28 July we
received an order from the provincial government to shut her blog. I don't know the reason", said the manager of tibetcul.net, Wangchuk Tseten (Chin: Wangxiu Caidan), "I believe the order came from the central government". Wangchuk said that the blog was the most popular one on the website, receiving 280,000 hits since it was linked to the site in February 2005. Woser, a Tibetan formerly based in Lhasa but now in Beijing, confirmed that her blog had been shut down and criticised authorities for restricting freedom of expression. "It's unfortunate. It's unfair. In this kind of environment in China, it's very hard
to express one's true opinions and voice", she said. She said that she had no plans to create another blog in the near future but was working on a book about Tibet. In 2003 China banned ‘Notes on Tibet’, a book that she wrote that presented sensitive religious issues, including how the exiled Dalai Lama was still revered by Tibetans inside Tibet.

The above article was extracted from an email issued by TibetInfoNet.


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