China says will stamp out Dalai Lama's voice in Tibet

BEIJING Sat Nov 2, 2013 1:28am EDT

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama greets the audience after speaking on ''The Virtue of Non-Violence'' at The Beacon Theatre in New York October 20, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama greets the audience after speaking on ''The Virtue of Non-Violence'' at The Beacon Theatre in New York October 20, 2013 file photo.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China aims to stamp out the voice of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in his restive and remote homeland by ensuring that his "propaganda" is not received by anyone on the internet, television or other means, a top official said.

China has tried, with varying degrees of success, to prevent Tibetans listening to or watching programs broadcast from outside the country, or accessing any information about the Dalai Lama and the exiled government on the internet.

But many Tibetans are still able to access such news, either via illegal satellite televisions or by skirting Chinese internet restrictions. The Dalai Lama's picture and his teachings are also smuggled into Tibet, at great personal risk.

Writing in the ruling Communist Party's influential journal Qiushi, the latest issue of which was received by subscribers on Saturday, Tibet's party chief Chen Quanguo said that the government would ensure only its voice is heard.

"Strike hard against the reactionary propaganda of the splittists from entering Tibet," Chen wrote in the magazine, whose name means "seeking truth".

The government will achieve this by confiscating illegal satellite dishes, increasing monitoring of online content and making sure all telephone and internet users are registered using their real names, he added.

"Work hard to ensure that the voice and image of the party is heard and seen over the vast expanses (of Tibet) ... and that the voice and image of the enemy forces and the Dalai clique are neither seen nor heard," Chen wrote.

China calls the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama a "wolf in sheep's clothing" who seeks to use violent methods to establish an independent Tibet.

The Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed uprising in 1959, says he simply wants genuine autonomy for Tibet, and denies espousing violence.

Chen said the party would seek to expose the Dalai Lama's "hypocrisy and deception" and his "reactionary plots".

China has long defended its iron-fisted rule in Tibet, saying the region suffered from dire poverty, brutal exploitation and economic stagnation until 1950, when Communist troops "peacefully liberated" Tibet.

Tensions in China's Tibetan regions are at their highest in years after a spate of self-immolation protests by Tibetans, which have led to an intensified security crackdown.

(Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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Comments (16)
umkomazi wrote:
Are the Chinese Nazis going to stop folk spreading his teachings by word of mouth?

Those cretins hiding in “the forbidden city” seem to have forgotten that folk have been ‘speaking’ to each other a LOT longer than the internet has been around…..D’OH!

Oh, by the way Camoron – nice to see who you have cosied up to to provide UK nuclear power? I bet he carves it on a tree at 10 Downing Street – “David Camoron luvs Chinese Nazis 4 eva”

Nov 02, 2013 1:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
amorpheous wrote:
The “Cultural Revolution” was Mao’s killing spree that ushered in the now entrenched propaganda machine of the Chinese government. Despite killing millions of it’s own citizens to “purity” the thoughts of the people, the truth still endures and the Dalia Lama always will be heard by the entire world… even by the Chinese, despite what the totalitarian despots within the Chinese government try to do.

Nov 02, 2013 2:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
LenicGB wrote:
It’s interesting that a message of peace is perverted by the Chinese authorities. What are they afraid of?

Nov 02, 2013 2:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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