RFA in the News (April 2020)

2020-05-07
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AMERICAN MILITARY NEWS

April 30 "China claims with no proof it ‘expelled’ US Navy warship from disputed South China Sea"

... Pooja Bhatt, author of Nine-Dash Line: Deciphering the South China Sea Conundrum, told Radio Free Asia that China’s moves are designed to effect a reclassification of the islands, which were originally classified as rocks due to lack of human habitation or economic activity.

FAITHWIRE (Also in CHRISTIAN POST)

April 30 "Chinese Pastor Who Refused to Join State Church Charged With 'Subversion'"

... Zhao Huaiguo, pastor of Bethel Church in Cili county near Hunan’s Zhangjiajie city, was formally detained on April 2, according to a report at Radio Free Asia.

KOREA HERALD

April 30 "US Congress introduces bill to ban strike against N. Korea"

... “The timing of this statement, of course, seems misplaced. The vision proposed seems neither ‘realistic’ nor ‘practical’ in light of what’s going on in North Korea,” Soo Kim, an analyst at think tank Rand, told Radio Free Asia.

38 NORTH

April 28 "What Does North Korea’s Zero COVID-19 Claim Signify?"

... If earlier reporting from Radio Free Asia is taken into account, the border city of Sinuiju and at least three regions were identified with some coronavirus infections.

FRONTIER MYANMAR

April 28 "After WHO driver's death, fear and foreboding haunt Rakhine's COVID-19 response"

... Radio Free Asia reported that the Tatmadaw had also killed another four civilians as the military conducted “clearance operations” in the area around where the WHO staffer was killed.

VICE

April 27 "These Uighur Journalists Are Investigating the Fate of 1 Million Muslims in China"

Some of the most crucial reporting on Uighur Muslims comes from the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia channel in D.C.

COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS

April 27 "CPJ, 73 media and rights groups urge Asian heads of state to release jailed journalists"

... Journalism must not carry a death sentence. Sincerely... Radio Free Asia.

DAILY MAIL

April 27 "Three Beijing activists 'disappear after saving backup copies of censored coronavirus reports'"

... Fang is seen in the video trying to fend off the officers by telling them his temperature is normal, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA).

METRO (Also in SPUTNIKCURRENT INDUSTRY)

April 26 "China removed from UK's coronavirus death graph"

Wuhan residents, speaking to Radio Free Asia, doubt official figures.

WASHINGTON POST

April 26 "Intel reports downplay Kim Jong Un's death rumors"

... But many health experts are skeptical, and Radio Free Asia reported that officials admitted the virus had spread through the country, when talking with local organizations and neighborhood watch units.

WORLDCRUNCH

April 24 "Pasta in Italy. Rice in China. Guns In U.S.: A Hoarding World Tour"

In March alone, the country purchased some 50 million metric tons of it, reports Radio Free Asia.

FOREIGN POLICY

April 23 "Hun Sen's Coronavirus Crackdown"

... The family of one detainee, opposition activist and teacher Keo Thai, told Radio Free Asia that he had been taken into custody without a warrant and they had “no idea” why he had been arrested.

METRO

April 23 "Missing coronavirus whistleblower reappears after 'police put him in quarantine'"

... The journalist, 25, who used to work for the state broadcaster CCTV, was reportedly targeted after visiting the Wuhan Institute of Virology, an extremely sensitive venue for the Chinese authorities, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA).

AUSTRALIAN (Also in TAIWAN NEWS)

April 23 "Beijing stays silent on Kim Jong-un's condition"

... Radio Free Asia — a US ­government-backed outfit that the North Korean government has previously described as the “reptile broadcasting services” — has reported that China has “a medical team of experts on standby” should Kim’s condition deteriorate.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES (Also in EDGE MARKETSHINDU BUSINESS LINE)

April 23 "Is North Korea preparing for major Coronavirus outbreak? Pyongyang witnesses 'Panic Buying' of food"

... Last week, Radio Free Asia reported that the prices of food items in the country were rising sharply because of panic buying.

NEW DELHI TIMES

April 23 "Vietnam Blogger Crackdown Continues with Harsh Supreme Court Ruling and More Arrests"

... According to Radio Free Asia, a sister agency of VOA, Tinh had been on a hunger strike since March 13 and was not allowed to pray, read religious books or meet with Catholic priests.

DAILY STAR

April 23 "New coronavirus outbreak in northern China puts city of 11 million on lockdown"

... Anyone coming in and out of residential compounds is required to wear a facemask, have their temperature taken and produce a certificate to prove they are healthy, according to an official document leaked to Radio Free Asia.

DAILY STAR (Also in METROALBAWABA, SWARAJYA)

April 23 "Journalist who went missing in Wuhan 2 months ago resurfaces with chilling story"

... At the time of his disappearance, Radio Free Asia reported Li was likely targeted by secret police after visiting the Wuhan Institute of Virology – a laboratory that carried out research on coronaviruses in bats.

NEW YORK TIMES (Also in REUTERSFOX NEWSAMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTEGUARDIANFOREIGN POLICYDEUTSCHE WELLEHILLDAILY MAIL, HANKYOREH)

April 22 "What Is the Coronavirus Doing to North Korea"

... During public lectures in late March, North Korean officials stated that coronavirus cases had been confirmed in Pyongyang and two provinces, according to Radio Free Asia.

JEWISH STAR

April 22 "China's hallowed status at the UN"

... “These videos came out at the time when coronavirus was spreading in China and around the world, when most Chinese companies were shutting down and no one was working,” one analyst told the U.S.-supported broadcaster Radio Free Asia.

STARS AND STRIPES

April 20 "Two Navy warships sail near South China Sea hot spot off Malaysia"

... Satellite images provided by the European Union through the EO Browser service indicated that the amphibious ship USS America was within 60 nautical miles of the West Capella, a vessel exploring for underwater oil reserves for Malaysia, Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday.

ASEAN TODAY

April 18 "New study shows China caused drought in the Mekong, local experts must have control over their resources"

... We fish through the night and all we catch is one or two skewers for cooking,” a Lao fisherman told Radio Free Asia earlier this year.

FOX NEWS (Also in DAILY TELEGRAPH)

April 17 "Chinese epicenter Wuhan raises number of virus dead by about 50 percent"

... "It can't be right ... because the incinerators have been working round the clock, so how can so few people have died," said Zhang, a Wuhan resident who only gave Radio Free Asia his last name.

POLYGRAPH

April 16 "Evidence Undercuts China's Denial of Racism Against Africans"

... On April 14, McDonald’s parent company issued a statement saying the sign was unauthorized and not in line with its values, according to Radio Free Asia.

HERITAGE (Also in FOX NEWS, NEW EUROPE)

April 16 "China's Coronavirus Lies Not the First From Its Communist Government"

... Radio Free Asia, which has excellent sources within China, says that as many as 42,000 people could have died in the city.

METRO

April 16 "Three coronavirus whistleblowers still missing after two months"

... According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), Li was targeted after visiting the Wuhan Institute of Virology, an extremely sensitive venue for the Chinese authorities.

EXPRESS

April 14 "World War 3 fears as China risks serious backlash with latest South China Sea move"

... As of this morning, they were 92 nautical miles off the coast of Vietnam’s Binh Dinh province, deep into the 200-nautical mile EEZ, and were further accompanied two Chinese maritime militia ships, the Dongtongxiao00235 and the Min Xia Yu 00013, Radio Free Asia reported.

UCA NEWS

April 14 "Laos celebrates new year under Covid-19 cloud"

... "They can't use YouTube to learn because our village doesn't even have electricity," a mother in a remote village, who requested anonymity fearing legal repercussions, told Radio Free Asia.

ASEAN TODAY

April 13 "What the South China Sea tells us about the new geopolitics of Southeast Asia"

... In the days prior to the incident last Thursday, Radio Free Asia reported that another Chinese coast guard ship was patrolling in an area of the South China Sea near the Philippines, inside the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

JAMES TOWN FOUNDATION

April 13 "Epidemic-Related Unrest and the CCP's Reinforced Political Loyalty Indoctrination for China's Police"

A tense stand-off escalated into a riot that reportedly involved not only citizens and police, but also clashes between police from the two bordering provinces (see accompanying images) (Radio Free Asia, March 27).

INQUISITR

April 13 "African Immigrants Reportedly Being Refused Service, Forced Into Quarantine in China Over Coronavirus Fears"

... According to Radio Free Asia, African immigrants had been turned away from restaurants and even evicted from their homes.

UNION JOURNAL

April 10 "Taiwan Finds Fake Twitter Accounts Tweeting Apologies From 'Taiwanese' to WHO Chief"

... The articles showed up on fake accounts made to mimic the account of Radio Free Asia, and also consisted of apology themes uploaded by an account calling itself “Radio Free Xuzhou.”

ASIA TIMES

April 10 "China comes to the Covid-19 rescue in Laos"

... According to a June 2019 Radio Free Asia report, only 230 out of 4,211 families negatively affected by the project have been compensated for their confiscated land, forcing many of the displaced to move to Thailand to find jobs.

VOICE OF AMERICA

April 9 "Online Journalists Charged with Incitement for Reporting Hun Sen's Comments"

... Sovann Rithy’s arrest Tuesday night is another example of the government’s ongoing crackdown against journalists and media organizations in Cambodia, which includes the arrest of two former Radio Free Asia journalists in 2017, shuttering of the Cambodia Daily in 2017 and sale of the Phnom Penh Post in 2018 to an owner with links to the prime minister.

WASHINGTON POST

April 9 "China's Investigative Journalists offer a fraught glimpse behind Beijing's coronavirus propaganda"

... Radio Free Asia, a publication funded by the U.S. government, extrapolated further, suggesting that as many as 42,000 could have died in the city.

UCA NEWS

April 8 "Why does North Korea test missiles amid pandemic?"

... Radio Free Asia reported that North Korea had canceled important cultural events and set up a quarantine center in a large Pyongyang hotel.

OBSERVER RESEARCH FOUNDATION (Also in THE PRINT)

April 8 "COVID-19 in Xinjiang: Uyghurs pushed to the frontlines by Beijing"

... Dolkun Isa, head the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in an interview to Radio Free Asia (RFA), said, “There is no guarantee that these Uyghurs will come home alive. China must stop forcing Uyghurs to go to the mainland and work as cheap labour under the threat of the coronavirus.”

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES (Also in DAILY CALLER, INQUISITR)

April 7 "Coronavirus infected patients in Wuhan are cremated alive, screams heard from funeral homes, say locals"

Locals in Wuhan, where the Chinese coronavirus pandemic originated, have heard screams coming from funeral home furnaces, and some treated in hospitals say they saw workers put living coronavirus patients in body bags, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Monday.

TIMES

April 5 "China uses grave-sweeping festival as day of mourning for pandemic dead"

... One resident told Radio Free Asia that the payments amounted to “hush money” as the authorities wanted to avoid attention on the number of burials.

UCANEWS

April 3 "Cambodia accused of crippling rights under Covid-19 Cover"

... “Before criticizing us, I would like Human Rights Watch to look at other countries’ laws in the context of the Covid-19 outbreak,” he told Radio Free Asia.

VICE

April 3 "China May Have Beat the Coronavirus, But Now It Could Be Facing A Food Crisis"

... “The State Party Committee and the state governments and counties and cities must do everything possible to transfer and store all kinds of living materials such as grain, beef, mutton, oil and salt through various channels,” the document said, according to a report from Radio Free Asia.

FOX NEWS (Also in YAHOO NEWSINTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES, CRIME ONLINE, TOWNHALL, EPOCH TIMES, WORLD TRIBUNE)

April 2 "Chinese doctor who first raised the alarm over COVID-19 vanishes"

... Radio Free Asia claimed it hasn't been able to verify Ai's whereabouts independently nor has it been able to establish "a direct line of communication" with her.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER

April 2 "Did China Use Slave Labor to Keep Factories Open During Coronavirus"

... As parts of Xinjiang were reportedly in lockdown, Uyghurs were being sent to work in factories elsewhere in China to compensate for lost productivity due to the virus, Radio Free Asia reported.

FOX NEWS

April 1 "VIDEO: Pillsbury: China lied about human-to-human transfer of coronavirus"

...The estimates are coming now from some very aggressive reporting from Radio Free Asia, a congressionally chartered agency here in D.C."

TIME (Also in WASHINGTON POSTVICEBUSINESS INSIDERNEW YORK MAGAZINEVOICE OF AMERICA, FOX NEWS, NATIONAL REVIEW, NEW YORK POST, ASIA TIMES, RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY)

April 1 "China Says It's Beating Coronavirus. But Can We Believe Its Numbers?"

... According to analysis by Radio Free Asia, the official death toll in Wuhan of 2,535 may have been underreported by almost a factor of 20.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

April 1 "One American Uyghur's vow: 'I should've gone public a long time ago'"

... China has released some detainees whose families have spoken out abroad while detaining others – including relatives of U.S.-based Radio Free Asia reporters.

AL JAZEERA

April 1 "Myanmar charges journalist under terrorist law, blocks news site"

...After the hearing on Tuesday, Nay Myo Lin was quoted by Radio Free Asia as saying: "If the members of the Myanmar Press Council (MPC) review the report and find any violations of media ethics, they can give me any kind of punishment they like."

TAIWAN NEWS

April 1 "China amassing propaganda army on Twitter"

... The victims of these operations include individuals as well as news agencies, such as Radio Free Asia.

JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION

April 1 "The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Rise of Chinese Civil Society"

... Public intellectuals such as famed law professor Xu Zhangrun (许章润) of Tsinghua University and constitutional expert and activist human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong (许志永) have disappeared (Chinese PEN, February 20; Radio Free Asia, February 19).

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