Citizen journalism, old-school

Words for a people suppressed

The Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre in Darjeeling proudly displays the old World War II-era hand press that printed the Tibetan Freedom newspaper for 32 years. The newspaper was started on the advice of the Dalai Llama, exiled to India, to spread word of Tibetans, their identity and their struggle against Chinese control.

The press was eventually used for Tibet’s official newspaper until October 16, 1992, when the government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India, made policy changes. The refugee center bought the press and continued to churn out a separate Tibetan Affairs for the local population in Darjeeling.

The press fell victim to the computer age in 1997 and became a museum piece.

Plates of the original Tibetan script

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  1. Royal Says:
    February 19th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

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