Rohrabacher Concerned about Censorship in Tibetan Service of Radio Free Asia
November 16, 2012
Contact: Tara Setmayer
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46) wrote to Radio Free Asia President Libby Liu yesterday inquiring about the abrupt dismissal of long time Tibet Service Director, Jigme Ngapo. Congressman Rohrabacher wrote, “I have reason to believe that he was terminated for political reasons.” Last month almost every staff member of the Tibet Service signed a letter of support of Ngapo and urged that he remain on as Director. He is well known in the Tibetan community for encouraging and permitting divergent points of view to be aired on RFA about Tibet’s future.
Jamyang Norbu, one of the most prominent intellectual voices outside of occupied-Tibet, a supporter of free speech, democracy, and independence for Tibet recently had his contract terminated by RFA.
Lobsang Sangay, the Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile and his predecessor Samdong Rinpoche have in the past expressed their opposition of the leadership of the Tibetan Service at RFA. Both have met with President Libby Liu.
73 Tibetans have self-immolated since March 2011, Rep. Rohrabacher said, “It could not be clearer; the people of Tibet are dying for freedom and independence. RFA needs to continue to be the source for accurate information. Any suggestion of political censorship within RFA must be fully investigated.”
Rep. Rohrabacher is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
华盛顿消息——国会议员德纳•罗拉巴切（Dana Rohrabacher）昨日写信给自由亚洲电台台长Libby Liu，质询长期任职的藏语部主任阿沛·晋美为何突然遭到解职。罗拉巴切写到，“我有理由相信他是由于政治原因被停职。”上个月，几乎所有藏语部雇员共同签署了一份信件，要求恢复阿沛·晋美的藏语部主任职务。阿沛·晋美鼓励并允许在自由亚洲电台播发有关图伯特未来的各种不同观点，并因此闻名于图伯特社会。
图伯特流亡政府总理洛桑森格（Lobsang Sangay）和他的前任桑东仁波切（Samdong Rinpoche）过去曾经表达过反对自由亚洲电台藏语部领导人。他们两人都曾会见过Libby Liu。
注：罗拉巴切众议员是美国外交事务委员会（House Foreign Affairs）监督与调查附属委员会（Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations）的主席。