WASHINGTON, D.C. – Voice of America Director David Ensor has categorically denied allegations contained in a Chinese state television report, which blames VOA broadcasts for encouraging self-immolations in Tibet.
“That is totally false,” Ensor said at the VOA headquarters in Washington Wednesday. “We do report these tragic stories; we do not encourage these self-immolations, that is wrong.”
Ensor called the self-immolations a sign of the distress in Tibet.
The CCTV allegations were part of a CCTV documentary that interviewed a survivor of an attempted self-immolation, who said he set himself on fire after watching VOA news broadcasts.
(Source : Broadcasting Board of Governors)