DHARAMSHALA, May 1: Golog Jigme Gyatso is among ‘100 Information heroes’, a list drawn for the World Press Freedom Day by Reporters Without Border (RSF).
The list - a first of its kind - included women and men of all ages from 65 different nations, who according to RSF have put their ideals in the “service of the common good” and “served as examples”.
Golog Jigme assisted filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen in secretly shooting his documentary film Leaving Fear Behind which sheds light on Tibetans lives under China in the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
a file photo of Golok Jigme Gyatso
Jigme was born in 1969 in Golog Serta in Kham, eastern Tibet. He was first arrested in 2008 and then he was released and rearrested a number of times.
“These ‘information heroes’ are a source of inspiration to all men and men who aspire to freedom. Without their determination and the determination of all those like them, it would be simply impossible to extend the domain of freedom,” said Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters Without Border.
“World Press Freedom Day, which Reporters Without Borders helped to create, should be an occasion for paying tribute to the courage of the journalists and bloggers who constantly sacrifice their safety and sometimes their lives to their vocation,” he added.
Proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993, the press freedom day is celebrated on 3 May each year, which is the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in 1991.
To mark the day, Tibetan right group Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy has scheduled a Tibet Awareness concert in support of media freedom in Tibet. The event will take place at Tibetan Institute of Performing Art Dharamsala, a small town in northern India.