On Tibet and Propaganda: Follow the “Information”

RFAA China-based blogger at American political superblog DailyKos does an impressive, revealing background check on Radio Free Asia, a popular source of information for Western media in the early days of the Tibetan protests, and comes up feeling none too confident about the Western side of the media war (h/t Peking Duck):

All of these “unconfirmed” reports originating from Radio Free Asia appear to contradict eyewitness reports from a BBC reporter on the ground during the riots and a German reporter that interviewed local Tibetans in Lhasa that I have linked to below.

Watch and listen to this from Exile Government spokesperson Dawa Tsering as he explains how they gather information for dissemination on RFA and more shockingly, his rationalization that beating Chinese and Hui people is “non-violent” and that the deaths of the 5 young girls, the 10 month old baby and others that were immolated as they hid from the rioters were “accidents” because they didn’t run away fast enough. This is the epitome of bad PR and irresponsible journalism as well as a heretical view of non-violent Buddhism.

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