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China’s Crackdown on Popular Tibetan Songs Extends to Cell Phone Ringtones

Posted by Author on May 22, 2010

Radio Free Asia, 2010-05-21 –

— Students and teachers at a high school near the Tibetan city of Shigatse have been told to delete certain popular Tibetan-language songs from their cell phones after they were designated “unhealthy” by local education officials, according to its Web site.

The school announced recently that owing to the “increasing complexity of separatism,” a list of 27 popular Tibetan-language tracks had been banned, whether in audio or video disk format, or as digital media files on people’s cell phones.

“Staff and students must not have any of the above songs as their mobile phone ringtone,” an April 21 statement posted on the school’s Web site, but since removed, said.

“If you have any of these songs as your ringtone, please will you delete them; if you own any of the above discs, please will you destroy them by melting or burning them,” it added.

It said the school’s Communist Party committee, the education and politics department and the Youth League branch would be carrying out clean-up campaigns targeting the banned songs.

“Anyone possessing the illegal music or videos will be severely dealt with,” it warned.

It listed the 27 songs, which appeared mostly to be in the Tibetan language, and included titles like “Happy Shambala,” “The Hope of the Son of the Snow-City,” “The Five-Colored Prayer Flags (Tibetan-language version),” “Snow-Mountain Folk (Tibetan)” and “The Awaited Hope.”

The order was posted by Beijing-based Tibetan writer and blogger Woeser, who also detailed further restrictions on the cultural lives of Tibetans in their capital Lhasa, which was rocked by widespread protests and rioting in March 2008……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

One Response to “China’s Crackdown on Popular Tibetan Songs Extends to Cell Phone Ringtones”

  1. thanks !! very helpful post!

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