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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

China cracks down on TV station that showed Tibetan flag


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Tibet Map I am a little late with this one but I think it is still worth a run

"Chinese authorities have launched a political re-education program at an official television station in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa after it broadcast shots containing the Tibetan national flag, which is banned under Chinese rule."

Apparently the footage was broadcast inadvertently in February after a member of the news staff of Chinese ethnicity failed to identify the flag in the background of a shot of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. The image was broadcast for just under five seconds.

But despite the short time frame the flag was spotted by a very vigilant retired member of the TV station (no bets that he was not of Tibetan ethnicity!) and duly reported ( as one is want to do in such serious circumstances).

Apparently it was all a mix up with no Pro-Tibetan conspiracy involved. Some junior staff member (Chinese) failed to recognise what the flag was (as one is want to do when one is young and Chinese)

In true Chinese fashion all staff were ordered to undergo re-education and write self-criticisms acknowledging their error. How would that go? " Forgive me Chairman for I have sinned....I am a bad little communist for being less than vigilant against separatist subversives"

One of life's little scratch your head moments #10,009

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