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Chinese authorities imposes stringent controls, censorship on Tibetan Publishing Houses in Tibet


                                                                      Source: Tibet Times

The Tibetan publishing industry faces an alarming clampdown, with the Chinese government imposing stringent regulations and censorship on independent publishing houses in Tibet. Despite official claims of promoting Tibetan language and culture, reports from independent sources reveal severe limitations on operational freedom and content control.

The recently released White Paper by the Chinese government boasted numerical achievements in Tibetan-language publications, showcasing statistics of periodicals, newspapers, and books. However, independent reports contradict these claims, revealing the harsh reality faced by Tibetan publishing houses under Chinese regulations.

According to the Tibet Times report, the Chinese government’s policies have severely constrained independent Tibetan writers, affecting publishing house operations. An anonymous source within Tibet disclosed stringent regulations targeting houses that previously published works by imprisoned writers. These constraints involve needing explicit government permission for publication and facing rigorous content scrutiny, censoring dissenting voices or critical thinking.

Reports further highlight a decline in Chinese government investment in Tibetan publishing, specifically restricting scripts related to Tibetan literature, history, and Buddhism. In contrast, materials depicting Chinese history and its leaders find approval for translation and publication in Tibetan.

While the White Paper boasts publication numbers, it fails to capture the authentic narratives of Tibetan culture, instead promoting CCP ideologies and Xi Jinping's socialist principles.

Report also indicates that websites managed by Tibetans face censorship if prioritizing Tibetan language over promoting the government's agenda, showing a blatant crackdown on free expression and cultural preservation within the region.

Analysts express concerns about these restrictions, emphasizing their impact on intellectual diversity and cultural heritage within Tibet, indicating a dire need to address these limitations for preserving Tibetan culture and expression.


Edited and collated by Team TRC