Dalai Lama criticises China for media censorship

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday criticised Chinese authorities for media censorship. Terming the media censorship in China as immoral, he said that the Chinese people have a right to know the truth about happening in Tibet.

“They (Chinese media) need complete freedom. Let the 1.3 billion Chinese population know the reality about Tibet. So censorship and distorted information, these are immoral. Of course, censorship and distorted information cannot fool the rest of the world but it is fooling their own people… So China should have complete freedom on media and Chinese people have the ability to judge what is right and what is wrong. So people should know what’s going on, what’s reality,” the Dalai Lama said.

Speaking on the issue of democracy in China, the Dalai Lama said the path to an open society would need to be taken gradually.

“I think, I always stress that democracy immediately in China is questionable and whether it will really be helpful or not. If the centralised authority collapses, then there could be a chaotic situation. That’s in nobody’s interest so gradual change is the best way,” Dalai Lama said.

The Dalai Lama categorically said that exiled Tibetans are no longer keen to separate from the Republic of China .

”We are no longer seeking separation from mainland China. There had been some 800 articles written by Chinese hardliners who support our view on seeking autonomy for Tibet,” Dalai Lama said.

The Dalai Lama said India and China are the two powerful nations in south Asian region. Both countries maintaining good relations is very essential.

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