RFA in the News (December 2019)

2020-01-02
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NEW AGE

Dec. 31 “Govt annoyed over Japan’s support to Myanmar

… ‘We are praying and hoping that the ICJ will not issue a ruling for provisional measures,’ he said, according to Radio Free Asia.

HONG KONG FREE PRESS

Dec. 28 “In Hong Kong, local entrepreneurs champion the pro-democracy cause

… On Radio Free Asia, political analyst Kay Lam explained the potential effect of the yellow economic circle: “The CCP has already set up the ‘red economic circle’ and compelled businessmen and entertainment artists to express their loyalty.”

VOICE OF AMERICA

Dec. 25 “Ex-Cambodia Daily Reporters Reject Incitement Charge As Case Heads to Trial

… While Aun Pheap is currently seeking asylum, and works at Radio Free Asia in the United States, Zsombor Peter left Cambodia following the allegations.

AEC NEWS TODAY

Dec. 23 “Crime, corruption & construction: Who wins when gambling ends in Cambodia on Dec 31? (video)

… In the immediate wake of Prime Minister Hun’s announcement in August Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that at least 6,000 Chinese nationals left Sihanoukville every day in the first two weeks after the ban was announced.

NEW STRAITS TIMES

Dec. 23 “Is Myanmar trying to bluff Rohingya refugees?

… An analyst voiced his doubts after the delegation from Naypyidaw tried to persuade the refugees to go home but then rejected their demands for citizenship and international monitoring, said Radio Free Asia.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH (Also in AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS)

Dec. 22 “Cambodia: Drop Charges Against Journalists

… Two Radio Free Asia journalists, Uon Chin and Yeang Sothearin, continue to face baseless espionage charges, after being arbitrarily arrested and detained in 2017.

NEW ZEALAND HERALD (Also in SUN, NEWSHUB, ALBAWABA)

Dec. 21 “’This is mass rape’: China slammed over programme that ‘appoints’ men to sleep with Uighur women

… Officials from the Communist Party stayed in their homes and slept in their beds, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported, citing two anonymous officials.

KHARON BRIEF

Dec. 20 “North Koreans Continue Working Abroad As Deadline Looms to Come Home

… Chinese food factories and North Korean restaurants insist that North Korean workers are “industrial trainees,” rather than employees; thus, they are not bound to be repatriated to North Korea before the Dec. 22, 2019, U.N. deadline, according to Radio Free Asia.

KOREA HERALD

Dec. 20 “North Korea has 3rd-highest air pollution-related deaths

Radio Free Asia said North Korea recorded 202 pollution-related deaths per 100,000 population, in a report “Pollution and Health Metrics” released on Wednesday by Global Alliance on Health and Pollution.

CHOSUN ILBO

Dec. 19 “Trump Would ‘Feel Insulted’ If N. Korea Launches Missile

… A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry told Radio Free Asia that UNSC resolutions make it mandatory for Pyongyang to scrap its ballistic missile program and all other programs for the development of weapons of mass destruction in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible way, and that has not happened.

ASIA NEWS

Dec. 18 “Shan State: Wa rebels allow Baptist churches to reopen, not Catholic churches

… Rev Lazarus, spokesperson for the Lahu Baptist community, told Radio Free Asia that in September 2019, UWSA began to lift restrictions in the towns of Hotaung, Mei Pauk and Pansang.

MACAU BUSINESS

Dec. 18 “New Macau Association urges Gov’t to protect press from interference and threats

… It was reported yesterday to Radio Free Asia by Roy Choi – reporter in gaming news website Allin media and former reporter in Macao Concealers, a news outlet connected to NMA – that last week he was personally approached by two strangers he believed to be from China who advised him to maintain a discreet stance and not to try to cross the border into China.

GLOBAL VOICES

Dec. 18 “New network of journalists vows to promote press freedom and independent media in Cambodia

… Another prominent case related to press freedom is the espionage charge filed against two former reporters of Radio Free Asia.

FLORIDA DAILY

Dec. 16 “Marco Rubio, Jim McGovern, Ted Yoho: Expand Sanctions on China After Mass Internment of Uyghurs

… In particular, we encourage you to actively seek the release of the family members—such as Gulshan Abbas and Kaisar Keyum—of Radio Free Asia (RFA) Uyghur language service journalists and prominent Uyghur rights activists Rushan Abbas and Rebiya Kadeer.

COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS

Dec. 16 “One Country, One Censor: How China undermines media freedom in Hong Kong and Taiwan

… But the United States established credible news agencies such as Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, aiming to promote fact-based news as a selling point for liberal democracy.

TIMES OF LONDON

Dec. 16 “My shortwave radio still speaks of freedom

… Notably, the Beijing authorities jam the shortwave broadcasts of Radio Free Asia, whose tireless reporting reveals the horrors inflicted on Uighurs in occupied western China.

SPRING HILL INSIDER

Dec. 16 “Transmitters Shut Down, BBC Ends Relays From Thailand

… The US-government-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Asia already target North Korea.

AL JAZEERA

Dec. 16 “Can exposing China’s internment camps close them?

… Joining us on set is Mamatjan Juma, Deputy Director of Radio Free Asia’s Uyghur Service.

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST (Also in FOREIGN POLICY, TAIWAN NEWS, YONHAP NEWS)

Dec. 13 “Pentagon’s top official on Asia policy, Randall Schriver, quits his post

…News of his departure was first reported by Radio Free Asia.

INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS

Dec. 12 “How the World Learned Of China’s Mass Internment Camps

… On Sept. 11, Radio Free Asia became the first major English-language news organization to state that there were “re-education camps” in Xinjiang.

VOICE OF AMERICA

Dec. 12 “Cambodian General Thanks Thai Military Official For Blocking Sam Rainsy’s Return

Radio Free Asia also reported in early November that the Secretariat of Civil Aviation announced that airlines would face legal consequences if they allowed Sam Rainsy to board a flight.

ASEAN POST (Also in PHNOM PENH POST)

Dec. 12 “Cambodia’s Hun Sen urges media to tell the truth

… A number of radio stations were shuttered in 2017, knocking the United States’ (US) Radio Free Asia (RFA) and Voice of America (VOA) as well as local media outlet, VOD off the air.

CHINA DIGITAL TIMES

Dec. 12 “Forced Labor and Social Control in Xinjiang

… Radio Free Asia reports on Uyghur historian Iminjan Seydin who was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison after being held at a camp.

THE BL

Dec. 12 “’Show absolutely no mercy’: 400 page leaked documents reveal mass detentions in China

… According to a July 31 report by Radio Free Asia, other religious and ethnic groups are part of these forced labor camps in Xinjiang, such as Han people and Falun Gong practitioners.

AUSTRALIAN

Dec. 11 “Who listens to the radio? Far too few in the Pacific

… An example of broadcasting’s effectiveness is that China has tried to jam the US government-funded Uighur-language service on Radio Free Asia.

YENI SAFAK

Dec. 11 “China’s biggest mosque bears brunt of Uyghur Muslim oppression

… According to Radio Free Asia, close to 5,000 mosques were closed in the city during the first three months of Chen’s term.

IFEX (Also in KHMER TIMES)

Dec. 10 “CCHR calls for greater protection of human rights defenders in Cambodia

… This year has also borne witness to the targeting of the free media with the ongoing judicial harassment of ex-Radio Free Asia journalists Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin, and instructions from the Ratanakiri provincial governor that all reporters must present themselves to the provincial Department of Information before being permitted to report in the province.

BUSINESS INSIDER

Dec. 9 “Mysterious automated calls, vanished relatives, and sinister Facebook comments: How China intimidates Uighurs who don’t even live in the country

… That success came to an end in October 2018 – exactly two days after Sintash spoke to Radio Free Asia about his father’s disappearance for the first time.

VOICE OF AMERICA

Dec. 8 “A Glimmer of Hope for Online News in Cambodia

… Among the casualties: closure of the venerable Cambodia Daily and dozens of radio stations; silencing of foreign media outlets, including Radio Free Asia (a sister broadcaster to Voice of America); and sale of the Phnom Penh Post to a Malaysian investor whose public relations firm worked for Hun Sen.

BURMA NEWS INTERNATIONAL

Dec. 8 “Spouse and Children of AA chief arrested in Chiang Mai

… Foreign news agency Radio Free Asia (RFA) and Rakhine State based Narinjara News reported that Hnin Zar Phyu and her two children were taken to Mae Sai on Thai-Myanmar border on December 6 at about 2 p.m. by helicopter.

MARITIME EXECUTIVE

Dec. 6 “Singapore May Confiscate U.S.-Sanctioned Ship

… "Korean companies are refusing to supply fuel to us," said a spokesperson for owner Gudzon Shipping, speaking to Radio Free Asia.

WASHINGTON MONTHLY

Dec. 6 “The New Kind of Warfare Reshaping Global Politics

… Some interventions are direct, like the U.S.-sponsored Radio Free Asia’s Uighur language radio, which provides an independent news source to China’s oppressed Uighur minority.

DHAKA TRIBUNE

Dec. 6 “Journalism around the world

… This message came to my Whova inbox, sent by Mamatjan Jhuma, deputy director of Radio Free Asia UYGHUR service, on September 23, the day before I reached Hamburg, Germany.

FINANCIAL TIMES

Dec. 5 “Uighur journalist Gulchehra Hoja on exposing China’s detention camps

… In 2001, while on holiday in Austria, I listened to Radio Free Asia, a non-profit broadcaster offering the only independent Uighur-language news service outside China.

VOICE OF AMERICA

Dec. 4 “US Lawmakers Approve Bill Denouncing China’s Treatment of Uyghurs

… Ashley Thompson adapted this story based on reports by Reuters, the Associated Press, VOA News and Radio Free Asia.

CNN

Dec. 3 “VIDEO: Leaked documents reveal China’s brutal treatment of Muslims

“… This Uyghur journalist, now in the united States, says her brother has been missing in Xinjiang for more than a year.”

KBS WORLD RADIO

Dec. 3 “N. Korea Among 5 Nations that Collided Most with US at UN

Radio Free Asia reports that North Korea was one of five countries that most voted against the United States at the UN General Assembly last year.

NATIONAL REVIEW

Dec. 2 “Autocratic Regimes Are Getting Bolder beyond Their Borders

Fred Hiatt reports on the Chinese government’s attempts to harass, intimidate, and blackmail reporters at Radio Free Asia to prevent them from continuing to report on Beijing’s treatment of the Uighurs.

VOICE OF AMERICA

Dec. 2 “Appeal Court Will Review Delay in Ex-RFA Reporters’ Case

The Appeal Court will consider a motion from two former Radio Free Asia journalists challenging the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision to delay a verdict in their case, which centers around a widely-condemned espionage charge.

KOREA HERALD

Dec. 2 “[Feature] ‘Due process ignored in deporting North Korean fishermen’

… “You can never assume guilt,” said Joshua Stanton, a Washington-based lawyer who served as a member of the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps stationed in South Korea between 1998 and 2002, according to the US government-funded Radio Free Asia on Nov. 7.

WASHINGTON POST (Also in PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY)

Dec. 1, 2019 “OPINION: China is harassing journalists reporting on Uighurs. They cannot be stifled.

“To punish Gulchehra Hoja, a Washington-based journalist for Radio Free Asia, and to stifle her reporting, China’s rulers have imprisoned her brother, harassed her parents and threatened many other relatives back home in Xinjiang, China.”

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