Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Wed 23, Apr 2014 04:51 PM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
China arrests Tibetan monks for funding prayer for Dalai Lama
China asks India to exclude Arunachal youth from Indian delegation
Names for final election of Domed seat out, Lukar withdraws
Dalai Lama saddened by South Korea ferry disaster, offers prayers
Tibetan arrested for photographing self immolation protest
Exile Tibetans pray for Tibetan self immolators
Conference on CTA’s international efforts concludes
Abbot among five Tibetans arrested
Tibetan PM Sangay launches TPI website and book on CCP leaders in Tibet
China scraps human rights talk with UK
 Latest Photo News
His Holiness the Dalai Lama inside a shop during a brief stopover for rest  on a roadtrip from Kyoto to Koyasan, Japan, where he delivered Buddhist teachings,  April 13, 2013/Photo/Office of Tibet, Japan
His Holiness the Dalai Lama responds as Ven. Suguri Kouzui, Dean of Shuchiin University, offers prostration before a talk at the university in Kyoto, Japan on April 10, 2014. Photo/Office of Tibet, Japan
Tibetans hold a candle light vigil after news of a self immolation protest by a Tibetan nun in Bathang County in Kham, Tibet, reached India. McLeod Ganj, March 30, 2014, Phayul Photo/Kunsang Gashon
more photos »
Advertisement
Press Freedom Award boosts global call for Tibetan filmmaker’s release
Phayul[Thursday, November 22, 2012 15:21]
Lhamo Tso, wife of imprisoned Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, holds a petition for her husband at the Committee to Protect Journalists' International Freedom Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on Nov. 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo/Getty Images for Committee to Protect Journalists/Michael Nagle)
Lhamo Tso, wife of imprisoned Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, holds a petition for her husband at the Committee to Protect Journalists' International Freedom Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on Nov. 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo/Getty Images for Committee to Protect Journalists/Michael Nagle)
DHARAMSHALA, November 22: The global campaign for the release of jailed Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen received a major boost with the awarding of the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2012 International Press Freedom Award.

The self-taught Tibetan documentary filmmaker, along with Mauri König (Gazeta do Povo, Brazil), Mae Azango (FrontPage Africa and New Narratives, Liberia), and Azimjon Askarov (Ferghana News and Golos Svobody, Kyrgyzstan) were recognised by the global press freedom group for their “courageous reporting” and “risking their lives and liberty to reveal abuses of power and human rights violations.”

Wangchen’s wife, Lhamo Tso was present to receive the award at a gala dinner held at the Waldorf Astoria on November 20 in New York City.

CPJ told the gathering of over 900 attendees that two on its annual awardees, Dhondup Wangchen and Azimjon Askarov were currently in jail for “holding officials accountable and helping ordinary people voice their indignation.”

Wangchen conceived and shot the film "Leaving Fear Behind" (Tib:Jigdrel) to portray life in Tibet in advance of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He was arrested on March 26, 2008 for filming interviews with ordinary Tibetans on their views on the Beijing Olympics, the Dalai Lama and Chinese government’s policies in Tibet.

Shortly after his footage was smuggled overseas, Wangchen disappeared into Chinese detention. Hewas sentenced to six years in prison for “subversion” on December 28, 2009 following a secret trial. In January 2010, he was denied appeal.

In prison Wangchen contracted Hepatitis B and has been reported in poor health.

Wangchen’s hard-hitting documentary has been screened in over 30 countries with his wife Lhamo Tso travelling internationally to campaign for her husband's release.

Tso, who hasn’t spoken to her husband since March 2008, told CPJ that the decision to formally release the documentary was a “very difficult” one.

"It was very difficult," she told CPJ. "He hadn't been sentenced yet. We didn't know if publicising it would hurt his chances. But in the film, so many people spoke out about their opinions, about the Dalai Lama. So many had spent time, effort, energy on this film. I thought my personal family matter was less important. The film should be shown."

Looking after their four children and his elderly parents, Tso said that applying pressure on the Chinese government does make a difference. The reason Dhondup Wangchen's working conditions improved, she said, is because of the vocal support he is getting from outside prison walls.

CPJ has also launched a petition addressed to the Chinese President, calling for the release of Dhondup Wangchen.

Coinciding with the award, Marina Schuster, Speaker for Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance of the Free Democratic Party at the German Federal Parliament congratulated Wangchen and demanded his immediate release from detention.

The Group of the Free Democratic Party further expressed its concern about reports of Wangchen subjected to torture and suffering from Hepatitis B while in detention and called upon the Chinese government to “pursue the path of openness and to respect fundamental human and civil rights.”
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
China to punish families, entire villages of self-immolators
His Holiness the Dalai Lama leaves Dharamshala for extended south India visit
Showdown in Chennai, More than 100 Tibetan students mass arrest
Press Freedom Award boosts global call for Tibetan filmmaker’s release
Understanding the Tragedy of Tibet
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2014 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement