RFA in the News (July 2020)

2020-08-12
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EXPRESS

July 31 “Kim Jong-un crisis: North Korean citizens TURN on despot over bizarre COVID announcement

… One source told Radio Free Asia Chairman Kim is trying to shun any responsibly for the suspected case and use it to warn people against leaving to South Korea.

NEW EUROPEAN

July 30 “Circumventing the censors

… “There are ‘incorrect’ memories we must preserve,” Chen told Radio Free Asia.

CHRISTIAN POST

July 29 “N. Korean Christians facing starvation as regime bans cash aid to defectors’ families amid COVID-19

… Songyon Lee, a Christian living in South Korea, told Radio Free Asia that she'd received several letters from her mother in North Korea detailing the hardships believers are facing during COVID-19.

JOONG ANG DAILY (Also in UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL)

July 29 “North Korea's emergency measures suggest possible Covid outbreak

… Edwin Salvador, the WHO representative to North Korea, wrote in an email to Radio Free Asia on Wednesday that 1,211 people in the North were tested for the virus as of July 16 — though all of them turned out negative.

TAIWAN NEWS

July 29 “Congressman to introduce 'Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act' Wednesday

… During a meeting with the media after the speech, Yoho said the legislation emphasizes that China needs to enter peaceful negotiations with Taiwan, reported Radio Free Asia.

ECOTEXTILE

July 29 “UN intervenes on Cambodia intimidation tactics

… Licadho’s monitoring manager Am Sam Ath was quoted on Radio Free Asia as saying some arrests over COVID-19-related Facebook posts were likely politically motivated.

VOX

July 28 “Concentration camps and forced labor: China’s repression of the Uighurs, explained

… In October 2019, Radio Free Asia, a news agency backed by the US government, also reported that Han Chinese men were being sent to check in on and sometimes sleep with Uighur women, including those whose husbands were detained in the camps.

ASEAN TODAY

July 27 “A broken dam and broken promises: Laos doubles down on hydropower despite risks

… “You want to talk about what we lack? We lack everything. We lack seeds and an irrigation system,” one villager from Attapeu told Radio Free Asia.

DAILY CALLER

July 23 “New York Times Publishes Chinese Scientist’s Coronavirus Op-Ed Without Making Key Disclosures

… The party installed one of its representatives, Hao Ping, as president of the university in 2018, Radio Free Asia reported.

TIMES OF LONDON (Also in AUSTRALIAN, STARS AND STRIPES)

July 23 “Beijing sends fighter jets to disputed island chain in the South China Sea”

… More pictures the following day showed them in a different area of the island along with four other aircraft, thought to be JH-7 anti-ship fighter-bombers, according to Radio Free Asia, a broadcast service backed by the US government.

EXPRESS (Also in NEW YORK POST, NEW STRAITS TIMES)

July 23 “Kim Jong-un fury: North Korea rebellion as 70% of citizens breaking major rule

… North Korea's Supreme Leader - who already launched a bizarre war on sex earlier this year reflecting concerns about a perceived increase in promiscuity among teenagers - has now turned his attention to pop culture, according to the US backed Radio Free Asia (RFA) website.

DAILY STAR (Also in BRINKWIRE, PLEDGE TIMES, TIMES NOW)

July 22 “North Koreans caught without face masks face three months of 'disciplinary labour'”

North Korean official told Radio Free Asia: "Beginning on the 16th, an inspection team is being organised here in Pyongyang and also in provincial cities with police officers, and college and high school students to conduct intensive crackdowns on people who don't wear masks.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES (Also in BIG NEWS NETWORK, EXPRESS, INDIA BLOOMS, PLEDGE TIMES, BRINKWIRE, CHRISTIAN DAILY)

July 22 “Worship Xi Jinping, Not Jesus: China Vandalizes Churches and Removes Cross Signs

Radio Free Asia has reported that officials have forcefully destroyed religious symbols in churches in various provinces including Anhui, Jiangsu, Hebei and Zhejiang.

NATIONAL REVIEW

July 22 “How the Chinese Communist Party Has Botched Its Xinjiang Coverup

… Zenz recently told Radio Free Asia that the lawsuit threat means that the CCP is “losing the battle” to contest the genocide claims.

YONHAP (Also in JOONG ANG DAILY)

July 22(LEAD) U.N. expert requests meeting with unification ministry amid concerns over leafleting”

… Tomas Ojea Quintana voiced concerns over the South Korean government's measures against North Korean defector groups and said he would get in touch with Seoul to request information, in an interview with Voice of America and Radio Free Asia on Wednesday (local time).

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

July 22 “Silenced in China: The Archivists

… “There are ‘incorrect’ memories we must preserve,” Chen told Radio Free Asia.

KBS World Radio (Also in KOREA HERALD)

July 21 “WHO: Over 1,100 People in N. Korea Tested Negative for COVID-19

… Edwin Salvador, the WHO representative in Pyongyang, reportedly made the remarks in an interview with Radio Free Asia on Monday.

KHABARHUB

July 21 “Did China Block Vietnam Offshore Oil Contract?”

Radio Free Asia reported July 13 that Vietnam had cancelled the contract as the Chinese government squeezes Southeast Asian nations that try to exploit South China Sea resources with foreign partners.

STRATNEWS

July 20 “China's Conduct Accelerating Its Worst Fear—Quad Encirclement: Maritime Analyst Drake Long

China's behaviour is accelerating its worst fear—the Quad becoming a potentially functional military group and encircling it, Drake Long, maritime analyst with Radio Free Asia in Washington, D.C., tells Amitabh P. Revi, Associate Editor, StratNews Global.

SUN

July 19 “China says UK ‘dancing to USA’s tune’ on Huawei ban from 5G network as ambassador dismisses clip of shackled prisoners”

It also said in an official recording obtained by Radio Free Asia that “members of the public who have been chosen for re-education have been infected by an ideological illness."

EXPRESS

July 17 “North Korea crackdown: Kim Jong-un announces HARSH punishments for citizens ignoring rules

… On July 1, officials in Pyongyang announced an immediate crackdown, including ordering students back on holiday, Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) Korean Service reports.”

EXPRESS

July 16 “North Korea horror: Details of brutal murder leaked from secretive hermit state

… A source told Radio Free Asia: “A 16-year-old boy from Kimjongsuk county high school strangled his father to death at his home.

EXPRESS

July 15 “North Korea fury: Failed defectors face harsh punishment - shock leak from secretive state

… A source told Radio Free Asia: “The six men were arrested by the police while trying to flee across the border in Kimjongsuk county here in Ryanggang province.

BITTER WINTER

July 15 “CCP Denies Food Shortages but Demands to Boost Farming

… In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Mr. Chen, an official from Chongqing Municipality, said that in China, “various crises are erupting at the same time, and the political situation is turbulent.”

PHNOM PENH POST (Also in CAMBODIA DAILY, KHMER TIMES)

July 15 “Journalists’ verdict upheld

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the verdict of the Appeal Court to re-investigate the alleged crimes of former Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporters Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin.

WBUR

July 15 “Uighur Activist Calls On World Leaders To Punish China For Human Rights Violations

… Abbas hasn’t heard from her sister, a retired medical doctor, since September 2018. In June, Radio Free Asia confirmed her sister is in detention.

TAIWAN TIMES

July 13 “Trouble For Xi Jinping As Dissension Raises Its Head Again In China

Whats more, the US-funded Radio Free Asia has also reported how the family living outside the country were being harassed, and blackmailed to effectively tie a leash to their relative for supporting a ‘pro-democracy’ appeal in Beijing.

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW

July 13 “China on highest flood alert as 38m people evacuated

… "With hindsight, I think that all those experts who opposed the buildings of the Three Gorges were right," Zhang said on Radio Free Asia.

YAHOO

July 12 “Dalai Lama is welcome to visit, says Taiwan

… Taiwan would welcome a visit by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, its foreign ministry has said, adding that any invitation would be handled under "relevant rules" if a request to visit is received, reported Radio Free Asia, a US-funded international broadcasting corporation.

EXPRESS

July 11 “Kim Jong-un cruelty: Shocking details of punishment for families of defectors leaked

… A senior official told Radio Free Asia's Korean Service: “In June, 30 families from Pyongyang were sent into internal exile.

ASEAN TODAY

July 11 “Amnesty International accuses Myanmar of war crimes: How they covered it

Radio Free Asia, one of the few regional publications to offer significant analysis and further detail, published reactions from both the military and the rebels.

EXPRESS

July 10 “Kim Jong-un humiliated: Major secret exposed after shock decision leaked from hermit state

… But this claim was undermined by a source who told Radio Free Asia’s Korean Service health officials had been sacked over failures.

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

July 8 “Russian court sentences North Korean fisherman to 4 years in prison

… A court in the city of Nakhodka in the Russian Far East recently found the North Korean national guilty of assaulting at least three Russian officers with a wooden baton, Radio Free Asia's Korean service reported Wednesday.

EXPRESS

July 8 “North Korea chaos: Kim Jong-un forced to make major closures as crisis strikes”

Primary and secondary schools in North Korea have been ordered to close and go on early summer holidays amid concerns of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Radio Free Asia’s Korean Service.

ASIA NEWS

July 7 “Vietnamese activist sentenced to eight years for criticising the government

… Radio Free Asia (RFA) recently estimated that at least a dozen activists or ordinary people broke the law by posting on social media.

PERSECUTION

July 6 “Anti-Terror Act in Philippines Might Lead to Rights Abuse

… According to Radio Free Asia, on Tuesday, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged Duterte to refrain from signing the law.

KHMER TIMES

July 5 “Cambodian UN rep disappointed over Belgian and Swiss delegations’ remarks

… The statement also mentioned that Cambodia provides full freedom of expression for the public through international radio channels such as Radio Free Asia and Voice of America which are allowed to operate in the Kingdom.

PERSECUTION

July 5 “Family of Imprisoned Vietnamese Pastor Beaten and Detained

… The wife of pastor Nguyen Trung Ton, who is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence for his involvement with the Brotherhood for Democracy dissident group, told Radio Free Asia that ahead of the ambassador’s visit, local police visited their home in Quang Xuong district.

KOREA TIMES

July 4 “World Food Program to resume aid to Pyongyang: Voice of America

… The U.N. agency told Radio Free Asia that it is in talks with North Korea to resume extending aid to underprivileged people there. (Yonhap)

EXPRESS

July 3 “World on brink: The terrifying picture that shows how close US and China are to conflict”

The ship left on June 20, but vessel tracking software seen by US-funded website Radio Free Asia indicated on Tuesday the Hai Yang 4 was roughly 205 nautical miles (330 km) from Vietnam’s coast on Tuesday.

EXPRESS

July 3 “It's back: North Korea panics as second wave strikes border - Kim forced into HUGE move

… But sources told Radio Free Asia’s Korean Service North Korea has backtracked on plans to reopen border trade with Beijing over fears of new coronavirus cases in nearby northeastern Chinese provinces.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

July 3 “Cambodia: Investigate Thai Activist’s ‘Disappearance’

… He told Radio Free Asia, “According to our investigation, Wanchalearm left Cambodia in 2017 [and did not return],” but he offered no evidence.

EXPRESS

July 2 “What are they planning? China practices STORMING ISLAND in worrying military drill”

He told Radio Free Asia: “The way it appears they’re setting up their forces for the exercise, it seems like it’s more of a civilian action than it is a military force-on-force engagement.”

YAHOO NEWS

July 1 “US seizes Chinese products made from human hair in forced labor crackdown

… According to an investigation conducted by Radio Free Asia, it appears that several companies in the area operate with similar business models that are allegedly linked to internment camps.

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