Nepal probes journalists for Dalai Lama news

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3 months ago
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Three Nepali journalists are being probed for circulating a

news item on the Dalai Lama, officials said Tuesday, in a

sign of growing Chinese influence on its small Himalayan


Dalai Lama

The journalists, who work with Nepal’s national news

agency Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS), were asked for

clarifications after translating a wire report about the Dalai

Lama’s discharge from a hospital and his return to

Dharamshala in April.

The circulation of the translation coincided with the visit of

Nepal’s president Bidhya Devi Bhandari to China on

invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Hari Adhikari, chairman of RSS, said that a committee has

been formed and the management will decide whether to

take any action against the three after it submits a report.

“As the national news agency, we don’t carry news that is

against the foreign policy of our country and affects the

relationship with our neighbours,” Adhikari said.

Nepal, home to around 20,000 Tibetans, is under intense

pressure from its giant neighbour China over the exiles, and

has repeatedly said it is committed to one-China policy.

China is among the top development partners for the

impoverished nation, pumping in over $58.7 million in the

last fiscal year into developing hydroelectricity, roads and


In May 2017, Kathmandu signed up to Beijing’s ambitious

Belt and Road initiative, a massive infrastructure drive that

critics say is at the centre of the Asian giant’s push to

expand its global influence.

“China’s interest and influence of China has been

consistently increasing in Nepal and our government is also

positive towards addressing their security and strategic

concerns,” said Geja Sharma Wagle, Kathmandu-based

foreign policy analyst.

Once a safe haven for Tibetans, increased police

crackdowns in Nepal have discouraged protests and even

celebrations within the community.

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