Radio Free Asia’s Poisioned Chalice

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We are hearing that Tenzin Namgyal Tethong, one of the original founders of the Tibetan Youth Congress has been appointed as the head of Radio Free Asia’s Tibetan section, a chalice of some toxicity that received damning exposure by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. Background HERE

There was a curious response to the serious charges presented by the Congressman, an unsigned letter, supposedly from Doctor Lobsang Sangay that originally was posted on the official website of the Central Tibetan Administration. Strangely that statement, which interestingly carried the name of another Tibetan official, has since been removed http://tibet.net/2012/11/17/statement-of-sikyong-lobsang-sangay-on-allegations-related-to-radio-free-asia/

Fortunately we kept a copy, and also archived another website HERE  which featured that letter, which are happy to share with readers here:

Of particular interest, and a principle that perhaps should decorate the new offices of Tenzin Namgyal Tethong, is the assertion regarding  Radio Free Asia (RFA):

“RFA Tibetan Service was established to provide truthful and objective service to Tibetans particularly to listeners in Tibet deprived of unbiased and timely news and information”. (Emphasis Added)

This is an important statement in that it brings into question the Tibetan reportage of RFA which consistently features China’s propaganda terminology, in describing Tibet, its regions and people.  Why for a number of years has RFA presented such a bias and willingly featured China’s disinformation?

Just how truthful, objective and unbiased is it of Radio Free Asia to describe a Tibetan, who self-immolates in Labrang in Amdo region of occupied Tibet as ‘ethnic Tibetan self-immolated in a Tibetan area of Qinghai province’?

We trust that Tenzin Namgyal Tethong chooses not to ignore such key questions, otherwise we anticipate that Tibetans and their cause will continue to be misrepresented by Radio Free Asia.

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