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Threats and Lies

Monday, November 28, 2016 8:57
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I regret to report that a really ugly situation has arisen regarding this blog. A person who was interviewed in 2010 recently contacted me with the request to remove their name and photo from the online article. They gave me full permission at the time of the interview to use their name both on the internet and in the printed version of my book.

I was surprised, and asked what the reason for this unexpected request was, thinking perhaps they had some legitimate concern for the safety of their family in Tibet, as would not be unusual. Sadly, however, the response was that they wanted it removed because they lied on their visa request to reside in a European country and did not want to be searchable online.
After careful consideration, I had to refuse to change the information they had given permission to use.

A few days later I received a threat email saying that I would be given one week to remove the article or that they would contact the Tibetan media and government regarding the request for donations which has been on this blog since 2009. The Tibetan Settlement Officer who was in office in McleodGanj until earlier in 2016 discussed this issue with me personally on multiple occasions and gave me permission to leave the donation request on this page provided I gave full transparency on how any funds were used.

Frankly, I have never once received a donation through the blog. Separate fundraisers assisted with travel expenses from the USA to reach India and the Tibetan exile community, where I have volunteered as a conversational English teacher, social media teacher, as well as social and political activist, including publication of many pieces advancing awareness of the Tibetan cause online and for international news media including CNN. I have also given hundreds of US dollars of my own money to fund schools and individuals.

I am appalled that this is the way I have learned far too many Tibetans say thank you for your time and help.

All previous posts on this blog will be removed in their entirety once this  has been published. I will leave this post up for one week before it to is retired. I am so so sorry that this is the way things have turned out.

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