Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has moved into action to highlight concerns about human rights abuses in Tibet. Phayul.com reported on Oct. 18, 2013, "Reporters Without Borders condemns arrests in Driru." Press freedom advocate Reporters Without Borders has said the Chinese authorities have persecuted Tibetan news providers in the pretext that they have carried out “political activities aimed to destroying social stability and dividing the Chinese homeland.”
Chinese authorities recently arrested Tsultrim Gyaltsen, followed by the arrests of Yougyal and Kalsang Choedar the next day. Charges of "disturbing social stability" and engaging in "splittist activities" were raised against Tsultrim and Yougyal. Choedar has been charged with “separatism” for sharing information about the crackdown in Driru with people outside of Tibet.
RWB wants China to put an end to arbitrary arrests and to immediately release the detainees without delay. It has further urged the international community to condemn the detentions. RWB has gone on to say, “Instead of trying to turn Tibet into an information black hole, the Chinese authorities must put an immediate stop to these arbitrary arrests and release those detained without delay.”
It has also been pointed out by RWB that there is simply no justification for remaining silent in the face of these flagrant violations of freedom of information. People worldwide want to know the truth about what is going on in the world around them as seen with the wide public appeal of Wikileaks journalist Juliane Assange and U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden. Therefore pressure should be placed on China to respect press freedoms in dealing with Tibet and other sensitive issues.