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Dharamshala: – In further crackdown on freedom of information in Tibet, the Chinese government has said it will start new repressive measures on free publication in the Himalayan.

The propaganda department of the Chinese government had on Jun 23 said China will launch a new campaign to stem illegal publications whose content involves "Tibet independence" as well as terrorism, separatism and extremism, reported the Chinese state controlled media 'Xinhua' news agency Jun 23.

Jiang Jianguo, vice head of the State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, has stressed at a meeting on Jun 23 that the campaign against illegal publications should safeguard long-term social stability and security.

With the theme of "anti-separatism, anti-sabotage and anti-infiltration," the campaign will also include "a severe crackdown on illegal religious activities and promotional materials as well as the online dissemination of illegal religious information."

Jiang has called on local-level offices to focus their actions on "illegal publications that promote separatism, religious extremism and instigate terrorist and violent activities."

Xinhua also cited Li Changjiang, a senior official with the office, as having urged anti-illegal publication officials at all levels to "strengthen management and control of key aspects and intensify online supervision."

In Tibet today, Tibetan writers, intellectuals, musicians, artists, environmentalists, and religious figures are being arbitrary arrested, imprisoned and tortured by Chinese authorities for merely posting an article to a blog, writing an essay, editing a magazine, sending information by text message, or singing songs that express the suffering of the Tibetan people.

China is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders published in February and is more deserving than ever of inclusion in the Reporters Without Borders list of Enemies of the Internet, the latest version of which was issued earlier this month.

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