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Tibet Watch found further crackdown on online communication leading to 75 chat groups being shut down, 298 chat groups registered with the Chinese authorities, and 223 required to submit a letter pledging to not “spread rumours” in 16 villages and five monasteries of eastern Tibet. At least three Tibetans were found to be detained for five to ten days for “spreading rumours” and fined 500 yuan, and a cash prize of up to 85,000USD was announced in central Tibet for citizen informants who reports “illegal content.”
One of the biggest crackdowns found by Tibet Watch shows between 4000 and 5000 Tibetan households in central Tibet investigated for having contacts with Tibetans outside Tibet in May 2020, following which in June 2020 Tibet watch’s sources in northern India were found to be blocked from their WeChat account.
5. Breaking news of arrests and detentions restricted under internet surveillance