RFA in the News (July 2021)

2021-08-27
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AL JAZEERA (embedded RFA Twitter post)

July 30 Hong Kong probes booing of China anthem at Olympic broadcast”

[Embedded tweet from RFA] Crowds in Hong Kong’s Kwun Tong APM mall were seen chanting “We Are Hong Kong” as the city’s flag was waving at the Tokyo Olympics medal ceremony. Cheung Ka Long won gold in individual men's foil fencing, becoming Hong Kong’s second Olympic gold winner.

WASHINGTON POST

July 29 “North Korea began the summer in a food crisis. A heat wave and drought could make it worse.”

Laborers in “weeding battles” at collective farms in North Korea are working long hours to compete against one another picking weeds for payments to buy food, according to a report this week by Radio Free Asia.

YAHOO NEWS AUSTRALIA

July 29 “‘Very concerned’: China’s 'frightening' move after 73 flood deaths”

Subway officials told Radio Free Asia the barriers had been installed as a matter of safety due to its proximity to the road.

ABC NEWS(Australia)

July 28 “Family of Sean Turnell, Australian prisoner detained in virus-hit Myanmar prison, study new photos of him for clues”

Lawyers for inmates at the Insein prison, where Professor Turnell is being held, told Radio Free Asia that 48 prisoners had been infected with the disease…”

WION

July 28 Chinese poet committed suicide under ‘unbearable surveillance’ by the CCP”

Li Huizhi, 62, was a vocal critic of Xi Jinping’s policies. He breathed his last in a hospital in Guangdong’s Huizhou city, Radio Free Asia reported. His friend Li Xuewen told RFA that the poet had posted a suicide note online before taking his own life.

NEW YORK TIMES

July 27 “They Have My Sister; As Uyghurs Speak Out, China Targets Their Families”

Radio Free Asia, a United States-funded broadcaster, says that more than 50 relatives of journalists on staff have been detained in Xinjiang, with some held in detention camps and others sentenced to prison. The journalists all work for the broadcaster’s Uyghur language service, which has in the past several years stood out for its reporting on the crackdown…”

JERUSALEM POST

July 27 “Chinese nuclear power plant would have been shut down in France - co-owner”

EDF warned in 2016 that design flaws emerged during testing of the European pressurized reactors (EPR) designed by French nuclear firm Areva, which are used at the Taishan plant, according to Radio Free Asia.

FINANCIAL TIMES

July 23China urged to stop forcibly returning North Korean defectors”

The criticism of Beijing also followed a report by Radio Free Asia that China repatriated about 50 North Koreans this month.

THE JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION

July 23 “Early Warning Brief: Xi Jinping Issues Tough Warnings to Enemies Within Party”

The supreme leader ascribed such “strange and weird theories to political obfuscation and mental obtuseness… as well as efforts by people with ulterior motives to push through [evil] agendas” (Radio Free Asia, July 16; Gov.cn, June 28)

THE DIPLOMAT

July 21 “Yunnan Sees COVID-19 Spike as Myanmar Slides Toward ‘Super-Spreader’ State”

… Health minister of the opposition National Unity Government (NUG), told Radio Free Asia this week that without timely intervention, “it is possible that more than 300,000 or up to 400,000 lives could be lost” to COVID-19 in the months to come.

ABC NEWS (Also in SYDNEY MORNING HERALD and ABC (Australia))

July 20 “Imprisoned Myanmar politician dies from COVID-19”

Lawyers for some inmates at Insein Prison told U.S. government-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia on Friday that there are about 50 confirmed COVID-19 cases there.

AL JAZEERA

July 1775 children killed, 1,000 detained since Myanmar coup: UN experts”

(embedded tweet from Radio Free Asia) “Dead bodies line up at a Yangon crematorium as COVID-19 deaths mount. Myanmar’s junta government puts the coronavirus death toll at just over 4,000. But many believe the number is much higher.”

CHIANG RAI TIMES (Also in FOREIGN POLICY)

July 16 “Laos Luang Prabang Dam Threatens UNESCO World Heritage Site”

Speaking to Radio Free Asia on July 12, a representative of one of the letter’s signing groups pointed to the threats posed to the resources, culture, and livelihoods of the people of Luang Prabang town...

THE KYODO TIMES

July 15 “Myanmar faces oxygen shortage as new virus tops 7,000”

U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday that over 500 bodies a day have been sent to cemeteries in the largest city recently, citing an official from a local humanitarian organization

YAHOO NEWS (Also in BUSINESS INSIDER)

July 14 “Annoyed Chinese troops stood at the border and waved a Chinese flag while India celebrated the Dalai Lama's birthday”

On Tuesday, between 20 to 30 Tibetans were arrested by Chinese authorities for celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday, reported Radio Free Asia.

YAHOO NEWS (Also in WION and BUSINESS INSIDER)

July 13 “North Korea is making married women build cement blocks so it can complete a border wall with China in the next 3 months, report says”

The regime wants to finish a two-meter high wall with voltage wiring in the province of Ryanggang by October 10, its Party Founding Day, per Radio Free Asia, a US-backed nonprofit news site.

THE DIPLOMAT

July 13 China Tightens Border Controls as COVID-19 Surges in Myanmar”

According to Radio Free Asia, China is also enforcing the closure with a newly built barbed-wire fence running along long stretches of the border

LOWY INSTITUTE

July 12 “Covid crisis deepens in Junta-ruled Myanmar”

One local resident told Radio Free Asia that a local crematorium was overwhelmed and people were having to fend for themselves.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

July 8Vietnam: Free Prominent Novelist

… In November 2020, six months after his arrest, Radio Free Asia reported that Thanh had been in a mental health facility for six weeks, where his wife was briefly allowed to visit him.

VICE

July 7 “He Was a Buddhist Monk. Now He’s An Armed Freedom Fighter”

In a previous interview with Radio Free Asia’s Myanmar service, Michael reflected on the wide gulf between his past and current outlook on life.

DIPLOMAT

July 7Amid Coup Crisis, COVID-19 Hits New Daily Highs in Myanmar

Yesterday, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that hundreds of people have died of COVID-19 over the past 30 days in a single township in northwestern Myanmar.

GLOBAL VOICES

July 6Groups call for the release of Mother Nature environmental activists in Cambodia

… Gonzalez-Davidson told Radio Free Asia that the recent arrests targeting Mother Nature would benefit officials engaged in business activities that harm the environment:

CHRISTIANITY DAILY (Also in UCA NEWS)

July 6Catholic Writer Who Reported On Forced Demolitions, Evictions In China Arrested On Suspicion Of ‘Splitting The Country’

… Jian's father, Pang Jingxian told Radio Free Asia that his son went to line up for COVID testing when he was detained by Chinese authorities, who later came to their home to conduct a search and confiscate the Catholic writer's belongings.

KOREA TIMES (Also in CHOSUN ILBO, HANKYOREH, JOONG ANG DAILY)

July 5South Korea, US tilting toward downsizing combined drill

… Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Defense told Radio Free Asia that there had been no change in the schedule for the military drill.

AL JAZEERA

July 5Myanmar military adopts ‘four cuts’ to stamp out coup opponents”

At least six displaced people have since died from lack of access to healthcare, according to Radio Free Asia.

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

July 5Public Opinion On China’s CCP, Xi Remains Low Despite Communist Party’s Attempts At Propaganda: Pew’”

… According to Radio Free Asia, a recent Pew Research Center survey asked 18,850 in 17 developed countries earlier this year about their thoughts on China and President Xi.

CHIANG RAI TIMES (Also in THAIGER)

July 4Crime Linked Casino Owner Builds Private Airport in Golden Triangle

… Speaking to Radio Free Asia (RFA) a member of the Golden Triangle SEZ management team said the Dok Ngiew Kham Group and Kings Romans are now clearing land for a new airport after making payments in compensation to area landowners who had previously objected to the work.

TRICYCLE

July 3New English Translations Of Detained Tibetan Writer’s Poetry

… According to Radio Free Asia, Chinese authorities arrested Lhundup on unspecified charges in June 2019 while he was working at a private cultural education center in Chengdu, China, and to date there has been no indication of a trial.

JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION

July 2Myanmar Militant Opposition Divided in Fight Against Tatmadaw

… The Chinland Defense Force, for instance, reportedly battled the Tatmadaw with slingshots and flintlock ‘Tumee’ rifles (Radio Free Asia, May 23).

WORLD POLITICS REVIEW

July 1Myanmar’s Anti-Coup Resistance Is Running Out of Options

… Major cities, which had long been insulated from the violence in ethnic-minority states, experienced more than 300 bomb blasts over four months following the coup, Radio Free Asia reported, and anti-coup militias have even reportedly assassinated army-appointed public officials.

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