Whether intentional or unintentional, some media used the pictures of the deadly earthquake in Tibet in their reports on the recent violence in Myanmar. The photos of Tibetan monks were taken during a relief work at earth-quake-hit areas of Kyigudho, Tibet in April 2010, when thousands of Tibetans were killed.
"The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) based in Dharamshala is deeply disturbed and concerned over the circulation of a misleading photograph in some section of the media showing Tibetan monks in their reports on the recent violence in Myanmar involving Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims," CTA said in a statement issued on August 14, 2012.
"A photograph of Tibetan monks standing in front of a pile of dead bodies appeared in many websites in the Muslim countries, especially Pakistan," it said.
The statement said that "this photo of Tibetan monks was actually taken during their relief work in Kyegudo (Yushul), eastern Tibet, after a devastating earthquake hit the region on 14 April 2010. The Tibetan monks extended remarkable service in the rescue and relief operations at the time."
"The relevant department of the Central Tibetan Administration wrote a letter to a website in Pakistan (ColumPk.com, Urdu Current Affairs Portal) on 30 July to remove the photo from its website, which it did so the next day," it further added.
'But the photo is still in circulation, as some Muslims carrying the photo during their recent protest in Mumbai on 11 August 2012, appeared in Zee News, a leading news channel in India," it said.
"We strongly appeal to the media across the world not to use this photo, which is being circulated by miscreants to provoke conflict between the Buddhist and Muslim communities," the statement concluded.
"They should have respects to the earthquake relief work of Tibetan monks at the quake-hit areas in Tibet. Nevertheless, the Muslim world also should be concerned with what is going on in Eeasten Turkestan (Chinese: Xinjiang) where thousands of Muslim people suffer from Chinese harsh crackdowns including the long term genocide, arrest and imprisonments," said Nyima T.J, a Tibetan political analyst.