Activists petition attempts to stop Voice of America radio broadcasts in Tibet

Change.org is currently hosting a petition to US President Barack Obama, asking him to prevent the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), “a US Federal agency which operates the Voice of America (VOA),” from ceasing VOA’s broadcasts to Tibet. In a comment to Buddhadharma News, Tenzin Wangmo, executive board member at Students for a Free Tibet, put the petition into perspective, stating:

“The Chinese government censors news about Tibet to the outside world, clamping down on bloggers, writers, artists and journalists when they try to report on Tibet’s current situation. The demand for more news organizations like Voice of America is increasing, especially at this critical time in Tibetan history with 24 self-immolations just in the past year alone. Yet instead the BBG is trying to cut off this important organization that links Tibetans in Tibet with the outside world. Tibetans are resisting the Chinese occupation and demanding their freedom. The world needs to hear this, and Voice of America links the world community to Tibet. We cannot allow this bridge to be broken.”

You can add your name to the petition here:
http://www.change.org/petitions/save-voice-of-america-radio-to-tibet.