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CNN reporter Matt Rivers was given permission to report from Lhasa in September 2016- the first time a CNN team has been given access to the Tibet Autonomous Region since 2006. In the story he filed, Rivers compares the Chinese-imposed isolation in Tibet to that of North Korea, and notes that government minders followed him constantly and recorded the responses Tibetans gave to his questions. In a rare moment free of official oversight, he spoke to a young Tibetan laborer who complained about Tibetans receiving substantially lower wages than their Chinese counterparts for the same work. The story- which cites ICT over the number of Tibetan self-immolation protests- concludes that Chinese-ruled Tibet is a ‘tinderbox’ with no space for dissent.