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China Releases Tibetan Author of Banned Video

China has released jailed Tibetan writer Kalsang Tsultrim known as Gyitsang Takmig on Friday. Tsultrim was jailed in July for circulating a Video Compact Disc (VCD) containing 'banned contents'.

The video appeal recorded on July 18, 2009, months after the unrest in Tibet, urged the international community to "act swiftly on behalf of the Tibetan people" to end repression in Tibet and also called for the return to Tibet of the Dalai Lama.

Tsultrim spoke of his concerns for the survival of Tibetan religion and culture, and the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Chinese authorities in his hour long video. The video was widely distributed in Tibetan areas in Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan provinces that are part of the traditional Tibetan provinces of Amdo and Kham.

Tsultrim, a monk of Gyitsang Gaden Choekorling Monastery in Sangchu country is said to be well known locally for his writings. Kalsang’s arrest came amid prosecution of several other prominent Tibetans that included writers, bloggers, singers, artists and influential cultural figures, and lately even successful businessmen.

Some information for this report was provided by Phayul