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"Fear is so much in evidence": BBC's undercover report from Tibet PDF Print E-mail
[5 November 2015] The BBC went undercover to report from Kirti monastery in Ngaba in October, just as the Chinese President arrived in the UK. This rare western media report from inside Tibet found that "fear is so much in evidence" amongst Tibetans due to China's tight security and harsh policies restricting the freedoms of expression and religion .

BBC video (2:45): Tibetan voices on China's control


Stupa at Kirti monastery, NgabaBBC's Beijing correspondent John Sudworth, ignoring China's ban on foreign media and evading security, managed to report from inside Tibet immediately prior to the Chinese President's State Visit to the UK. He reported from Kirti monastery in Ngaba (pictured right), where many monks have protested and self-immolated in recent years in protest against China's rule.

John Sudworth interviewing Kirti monksJohn Sudworth noted the heavy security in Ngaba and said that "fear is so much in evidence" amongst the Tibetan population. He spoke to Kirti monks (pictured right) who, despite China's efforts, remain devoted to the Dalai Lama and called on international governments to speak to their spiritual leader.

According to Sudworth, monks at Kirti monastery are "forced to turn their backs on their exiled spiritual leader now China is forcing foreign governments to do the same."

Click here to read John Sudworth's report.


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