RFA in the News (February 2009)

2009-03-02
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GUARDIAN

February 27 “Chinese police 'shot burning monk before putting him out'”

More than 100 monks from the Lutsang monastery in Qinghai province held a candlelit vigil and protest march on Wednesday, the US government-funded Radio Free Asia reported today.

KYODO

February 27 “Tibetan monks stage ‘sit-in protest’ outside Chinese government building”

About 100 Tibetan monks in mid-western China's Qinghai Province staged a peaceful demonstration outside a government building to boycott celebration of the Tibetan New Year in memory of Tibetans killed and jailed in last year's clampdown, Radio Free Asia reported Friday.

The RFA report said the monks observed their vigil for about 30 minutes and then dispersed at the urging of Tibetan community leaders and senior officials from the monastery.

CHRISTIAN NEWSWIRE

Feb. 27 “Radio Free Asia Reports on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Visit to China; Many Christians and Pro-Democracy Activists Placed Under Surveillance”

Radio Free Asia (RFA) released the following report on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to China, indicating that, during her visit many Christians and Pro-Democracy Activists were placed under surveillance and are still being held by authorities. RFA reported that Secretary Clinton met with 20 representatives of women's' groups and congratulated a woman who had worked on behalf of AIDS victims for her work and for exposing the government. However, in a press conference in South Korea, prior to her visit to China, she indicated that human rights would not be the focus of her visit, rather she would emphasize the economy and trade.

COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS

Feb. 27 “Honoring the fallen and the brave”

"If nobody goes, then somebody has to go." That, according to his editors at APF News, was the personal motto of fallen Japanese video journalist Kenji Nagai, who until his tragic death had reported from conflict zones around the world. That journalistic drive put Nagai in the line of fire during Burma's 2007 Saffron Revolution, when he was shot and killed by a soldier while filming a government crackdown on street demonstrations in the old capital of Rangoon.

She was detained without charge for over five months before a Burmese court ruled in a closed-door trial last November that she violated section 505/B of the penal code, which covers charges of incitement. She has since been held incommunicado. Radio Free Asia reporter Ma Su Mon Aye accepted the award, which includes a $1,000 grant, on Eine Khine Oo's behalf.

Phái đoàn CHDCND Triều Tiên thăm Mỹ

Phái đoàn của Bình Nhưỡng sẽ đến Mỹ vào ngày 26/2 theo lời mời của các tổ chức viện trợ nhân đạo của Mỹ, đài RFA đưa tin. Chuyến thăm trùng khớp với thời điểm CHDCND Triều Tiên chuẩn bị phóng vệ tinh bất chấp những lời kêu gọi kiềm chế.

RFA trích lời một quan chức giấu tên thuộc Bộ Ngoại giao Mỹ nói, chuyến thăm liên quan tới số hàng viện trợ của Mỹ dành cho CHDCND Triều Tiên. Năm ngoái, Washington cam kết chuyển 500.000 tấn lương thực viện trợ cho Bình Nhưỡng.

VietnamNet, as one of the first e-newspapers in Vietnam, is a State-owned enterprise under the Vietnam Post & Telecommunications Corporation VNPT)

YONHAP

Feb. 25 “Four N. Korean officials to visit U.S.”

A group of four North Korean officials will soon arrive in the United States for a 10-day trip, a U.S. radio station said Wednesday, marking the first such visit since the Barack Obama administration's launch.

The delegation arrives on Thursday at the invitation of U.S. humanitarian aid organizations, said Radio Free Asia.

MIZZIMA

Feb. 25 “Jailed Burmese journalist honoured with ‘Kenji Nagai Award’”

chosen her close friend, Suu Mon aye, who is also a reporter for the Burmese Service of 'Radio Free Asia' (RFA) to accept the award on her behalf.

PHNOM PENH POST

Feb. 25 “Cambodia Time of reckoning for Khmer Krom”

Khmer Krom monks on Phnom Penh prepare to mourn slain brethren, while Vietnam is called to defend treatment of ethnic Khmers amid fresh stream of criticism by rights groups.

Activists say the consequences of official suppression are thoroughly debilitating.
"Khmer Krom live in poverty, and their identity and religious practices have been destroyed," said Thach Setha, head of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community. "The Vietnamese government doesn't allow Khmer Krom to use the internet, to listen to Voice of America or Radio Free Asia on the radio, and has blocked our access to education."

ASIA PULSE

Feb. 25 “Four North Korean officials to visit U.S.”

A group of four North Korean officials will soon arrive in the United States for a 10-day trip, a U.S. radio station said Wednesday, marking the first such visit since the Barack Obama administration's launch.

The delegation arrives on Thursday at the invitation of U.S. humanitarian aid organizations, said Radio Free Asia.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Feb. 12 “China investigating milk products of 2 companies”

China is investigating the safety of milk products produced by one of the country's largest dairies and a unit of France's Groupe Danone SA. Both companies insisted there were no problems.

Xinhua said the Dumex investigation was triggered by overseas media reports last month that some four dozen babies suffered kidney-related illnesses after drinking the company's milk. It did not identify the reports. But Radio Free Asia, a U.S.-funded radio station, reported on its Web site that the baby of a woman in southwestern China's Guizhou province had developed kidney stones after drinking Dumex formula for seven months. In the report, she said she had evidence that 48 other babies from around the country had gotten sick after drinking Dumex milk.

YONHAP

Feb. 7 “North Korean escapees arrested in Burma said to arrive in South Korea”

A group of North Korean defectors arrested in Myanmar last year for illegally entering the country arrived in South Korea last week, Radio Free Asia reported Saturday.

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

Feb. 4 “China fines UK students for 'illegal map-making': state media”

Chinese authorities have fined three British geology students for "illegal map-making activities" in the politically tense Muslim region of Xinjiang, state media reported on Monday.

The report said the students also had been in the poor desert village of Keping, where authorities in May razed the local mosque over "illegal religious activities," Radio Free Asia and an exiled Uighur group had said previously.

IRRAWADDY

Feb. 2 “Burma’s Drugs Trade Unaffected by Global Slowdown”

A series of recent raids in Rangoon has again thrown the spotlight on the narcotics trade and the roles played by high profile businessmen and members of the Burmese military regime….

According to a report by Washington-based Radio Free Asia, Interpol in Singapore asked the Burmese police to seize the Singapore-flagged ship at the Asia World Port Terminal. Without the intervention of Interpol, it’s unlikely that the authorities would deal effectively with the problem.

TIBETAN REVIEW

Feb. 2 “Tibetans protest at Serthar county in Sichuan Province”

... reported Radio Free Asia (Washington, DC) Jan 23, quoting Serthar Tsultrim, a Tibetan parliament-in-exile member who hails from the county. ...

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