RFA in the News (June 2021)

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ASIA NEWS

June 30 “Another priest dies in Kalay from COVID-19

… According to Radio Free Asia at least 181 people have died in the diocese in June alone.        

WASHINGTON EXAMINER

June 30 “Biden can combat foreign propaganda by reforming Voice of America

… In October 1993, he sent a letter to Joseph Duffey, then director of the United States Information Agency, informing him that Biden would not allow the independent grantee status to be taken away from RFE/RL and Radio Free Asia.

THIRD POLE

June 28 “Impending Luang Prabang dam sparks Unesco heritage impact assessment

… Before the PNPCA was completed, Radio Free Asia reported that Lao authorities were already clearing land for the dam’s construction.

 

WEST ISLAND BLOG

June 28 “Kings Roman Casino Owner Constructing a Controversial Airport in Bokeo Region in Laos

… The gaming property owner has a reputation for doing illegal business, according to Radio Free Asia.

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

June 27 “Party time: 100 years on from the founding of the CCP, who runs China?

… Former Central Party School professor Cai Xia told Radio Free Asia (RFA) in 2020 that for a while, between 2001 and 2006, there were active discussions about “intra-party democracy” to solve issues of political system reform in China and to promote the market economy.

TIMES OF LONDON

June 27 “Punks and poets join the resistance to Myanmar junta

… She told Radio Free Asia this month that she decided to join the armed resistance after witnessing the bloody crackdown on the streets. 

ECONOMIST

June 26 “Myanmar’s civil war is becoming bloodier and more brutal

… More than 300 bombs have exploded in police stations, state-owned banks and government offices in Myanmar’s cities since February, according to Radio Free Asia, an American-government-funded news website.

INDIA BLOOMS

June 25 “Activists from 21 nations ask China to end financing Bangladesh coal power project

… In 2016, Bangladesh approved the majority-Chinese funded Banshkhali S. Alam project, which has been controversial from the start, with allegations of undue force by police against protesters, and wage and labor issues, reports Radio Free Asia.

STAFFING INDUSTRY ANALYSTS

June 24 “ASIA PACIFIC – NORTH KOREA TO REPLACE 10,000 WORKERS DISPATCHED TO CHINA (RADIO FREE ASIA)

… North Korea is planning to repatriate 10,000 workers dispatched to earn foreign currency in China but who were then stranded by the coronavirus pandemic, replacing them with younger recruits, sources in China told Radio Free Asia. 

DAILY MAIL

June 24 “Hypocritical China uses the Great Barrier Reef as a pawn in its trade war against Australia by trying to have it declared 'in danger' and wipe out tourism - while it destroys huge reefs on its own coast to build military bases

… 'If you built something, if you've put dirt, rubble, and pavement… There's no way to recover that,' he told Radio Free Asia.

CHINA DIGITAL TIMES

June 24 “TRANSLATION: “PROGRAM-THINK,” NOTORIOUS ANONYMOUS CHINESE BLOGGER, FEARED DETAINED

… Radio Free Asia reported on program-think’s apparent detention:

WASHINGTON POST

June 24 “Opinion: The U.S. can’t save Hong Kong. But it must keep the spirit of freedom alive.

Radio Free Asia’s budget and mission should be dramatically expanded as a first step in combating Chinese totalitarianism in its own backyard.

NEWSWEEK

June 23 “North Korea's Food Supply in Crisis as Imports From China Drop 90 Percent

… The value of the U.S. dollar fluctuated nearly 15 percent in one day, Radio Free Asia reported.

DIPLOMAT

June 23 “Women are Key to the Humanitarian Response in Myanmar

… According to Radio Free Asia, more than 80 percent of those displaced in Myanmar are women and children.

INDIA BLOOMS (Also in BUSINESS TIMES)

June 21 “Tibetan scholar arrested in China for his writings languishing without trial for two years

... A Tibetan writer arrested on unspecified charges two years ago has still not been brought to trial, and family members are being kept in the dark about his fate, Tibetan sources told Radio Free Asia, citing yet another instance of Chinese atrocities in the region.

CHRISTIAN POST (Also in PERSECUTION, CHRISTIAN BROADCAST NETWORK)

June 21 “8 churches damaged in last month amid Myanmar conflict; priest abducted as army raids parish”

The eight churches that have been damaged since May 20 are located in Myanmar’s Kayah and Shan states and five civilians who were sheltering inside the churches have also been killed, Radio Free Asia reports.

CHRISTIAN POST

June 21 “Christians, religious minorities protest establishment of Islam as state religion in Bangladesh

… The attack took place on Jan. 27, 2020, by machete-wielding Muslim Rohingya men on a Christian community, Radio Free Asia reported at the time.

AIR FORCE TIMES

June 21 “Betrayal and death: Former allies fear the fate of Afghans facing US abandonment

… Earlier this year, Radio Free Asia reported a renewed offensive by the communist government against those holdouts.

NEWS 18

June 19 “'Show Absolutely No Mercy': Six Tools of Xi Jinping to Scale up Uighur Genocide in Xinjiang

… Uighurs were forced to eat pork during a Chinese festival, says a report from the US-funded Radio Free Asia, while eating pork is strictly prohibited in Islam. 

JAMESTOWN FOUNDATIONS

June 18 “Looking Back on Short Flashes of Liberalization in the Chinese Communist Party’s 100 Years

… Many intellectuals raised the perhaps excessively sanguine scenario that China’s “entry to the world” (入世, ru shi) would mean that the authoritarian country might pick up not just Western-style financial norms but also adopt global values in rule-based governance (Radio Free Asia, July 17, 2018; China News Service, December 11, 2006).

ALBAWABA

June 17 “Keeping Taps! The UN Has 3,830 Files of Human Rights Abuses in North Korea

… U.N Special Rapporteur on North Korean Human Rights Tomás Ojea Quintana said in March the regime has allowed death by starvation during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Radio Free Asia.

BUSINESS INSIDER (Also in MINT, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES, DAILY CALLER, BIOLOGY REPORTER, MIRROR)

June 17 “Kim Jong Un warned North Korea is running out of food as reports say bunch of bananas now costs over R600

… One group of North Korean farmers were asked to contribute two litres of their own urine each day to help produce fertiliser, Radio Free Asia reported last month.

HIP HOP DX

June 17 “American Rappers Are Lucky: Cambodian Rapper Gets 18 Months For Dissing Government

… According to Radio Free Asia, a Cambodia court upheld an 18-month jail sentence against Kea Sokun on Wednesday (June 16) after he was arrested in September 2020 for criticizing the government.

RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY

June 15 “Tajikistan Accused Of Helping China In Campaign Against Uyghurs

Radio Free Asia reported in August 2019 that "at least three ethnic Uyghurs have recently been deported to China from Turkey via Tajikistan."

AL JAZEERA (Also AUSTRALIAN)

June 15 “‘Our only option’: Myanmar civilians take up arms for democracy

… Current affairs magazine Frontier Myanmar has reported that there are at least 10 urban rebel cells in Myanmar’s main cities, while Radio Free Asia has counted more than 300 explosions since the coup, mostly on police and administrative offices and other facilities connected to the regime.

NIKKEI ASIA

June 15 “Myanmar coup latest: Temporary ceasefire in ravaged Kayah State

… Radio Free Asia's Burmese service reports that a farmer accused of killing a junta informant died in Taungtha Township, Mandalay Region, on Sunday while in custody just hours after being arrested.

ORGANIZATION FOR WORLD PEACE

June 14 “Southeast Asian Nations Lobby Against U.N. Arms Embargo On Myanmar

… “Among the amendments [to the draft] they proposed is the deletion of the arms [embargo] paragraph,” said Georg Sparber, deputy permanent representative at Liechtenstein’s mission to the U.N., to BenarNews, an online news service affiliated with the U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA).

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

June 14 “China Blasted For ‘Staged News Conference’ Where Uyghurs Are ‘Forced’ To Speak 'In A Scripted Manner”'

… According to Radio Free Asia, the news conference was set up by Xu Guixiang, a deputy spokesperson for the Xinjiang regional government.

APPLE DAILY

June 14 “Beijing tightens security amid rehearsals for Communist Party centenary parade

… Beijing authorities will also step up its “social harmony campaign” and evict all petitioners deemed “unsightly” before June 15, according to Radio Free Asia.

JERUSALEM POST

June 14 “US assessing reported leak at Chinese nuclear power plant – report

… Electricite de France (EDF), the company which owns Framatome, 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 (RFA).

HILL

June 13  “Burma, Belarus testify to the power and perils of free media

… With journalists under pressure, audiences in Myanmar and Belarus are increasingly turning to Radio Free Asia and RFE/RL for information about what is going on in their communities.

APPLE DAILY

June 12 “’Indiscriminate”’ crackdown against Christianity in China aims at social media: US-based priest

… Since April, religious news organizations in China have reported a “large-scale crackdown” on downloadable Bibles and online content platforms hosted by Chinese Christian communities, according to a report published by Radio Free Asia on Thursday.

TAIPEI TIMES

June 11 “Uighurs deceived into detainment

… According to the Radio Free Asia Uighur Service, which closely monitors Xinjiang, when the detention camps were established in 2017, China first focused its arrests on young people born in the 1970s through the 1990s, those blacklisted as the “dangerous generation.”

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

June 11 “CCP Scrambling For Control, Detains People For Making Comments About COVID-19 On Social Media

Radio Free Asia reported that there has been "considerable public skepticism" about CCP's handling of the new COVID-19 outbreak and whether they are under-reporting the statistics.

ASIA NEWS

June 11 “Vientiane, Covid-19 closes schools and feeds child labour

… Recent research relaunched by Radio Free Asia (RFA) shows that almost 30% of minors between the ages of five and 17 are dedicated to the most varied forms of work, while 25% cannot even complete the primary school cycle or secondary because they already have a full-time job.

 

HERALD MALAYSIA

June 10 “UN: More than 100,000 displaced by violence in Kayah State

… One refugee spoke to Radio Free Asia (RFA) about the situation of displaced people in Chin State, on the border with India.

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

June 10 “Report: FBI warned of 'credible North Korea threat' to Christopher Ahn

… A document released by a Los Angeles federal court showed that an FBI agent called Ahn's attorney Naeun Rim on July 31, 2019, the same month Ahn was released on bail, Radio Free Asia's Korean service reported Wednesday.

UCA NEWS

June 10 “Poverty forces Lao children to drop out of school

… “Child labor mostly comes from students whose families are poor and don’t have money to send their children to school, so they make them quit and then find a job or work at the farm with their parents, while some [minors] are forced to marry,” a local teacher was quoted as saying by Radio Free Asia’s Lao service.

GLOBAL VOICES

Laos social media task force: Will it target ‘fake news’ or censor online criticism?

… A local official told the news outlet Radio Free Asia that the government is targeting those who “misuse social media.”

VOICE OF AMERICA

June 9 “Belarus Joins Long List of Regimes Targeting Exiled Critics

… Truong Duy Nhat, who wrote blogs for Radio Free Asia’s Vietnamese-language service, a sister-organization of Voice of America, had fled Vietnam in December 2018 for Thailand, where he was seeking asylum with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

APPLE DAILY

June 9 “Confucius institute draws ire for ‘I love you China’ photos of ethnic minority imposters

… Congress spokesperson Dilxat Raxit told Radio Free Asia that Chinese government-funded Confucius institutes in Western countries served as a platform for propaganda and spying for the Communist Party of China.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

June 9 “Families of Activists Who Flee Xinjiang Pay a Heavy Price

In January 2018, the authorities detained 24 relatives of award-winning Radio Free Asia journalist Gulchehra Hoja, whom the government refers to as a “terrorist.”

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

June 8 “F-35B fighters included in British aircraft carrier visiting South Korea

… The No. 617 Squadron of Britain's Royal Air Force operates the remaining jets, Radio Free Asia's Korean service reported.

SEN. ED MARKEY

June 8 “Despite GOP Delay, Markey Celebrates Senate Passage Of His Provisions Included In The Innovation And Competition Act

… Increasing funding for Radio Free Asia by over 50 percent to $70 million a year through 2026 to expand its services to reach audiences within China that do not have access to free and independent media.

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

June 8 “China Arrests Christian As It Desperately Tries To Silence People From Speaking Up About Tiananmen Massacre

… Gao was captured by Guangzhou municipal state security police at about 1 p.m. on Saturday in an underpass of the Guangzhou Metro Line 2, where he held up the commemorative card, Radio Free Asia reported.

BURMA NEWS INTERNATIONAL

June 7 “Editorial: The Press Is Not the Enemy

… At the time, foreign-based news outlets covering Myanmar such as Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Asia (RFA), the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) were some of the main enemies of the junta.

POLYGRAPH

June 4 “In Memory of ‘Father of Hybrid Rice,’ China Forgets Great Famine

Radio Free Asia (RFA), the Voice of America’s sister organization, lists other media reports corroborating that account.

VOICE OF AMERICA

June 4 “Hundreds of Students Likely to Leave Hong Kong Schools

… “Subjects and teaching materials are being changed all the time,” he told Radio Free Asia. 

 

BBC

June 4 “Hearings in London aim to assess allegations of genocide in China

… Reports of her death were confirmed in May by Radio Free Asia.

KOREA TIMES

June 4 “UN may probe possible sanctions violations by South Korean firms involving oil tanker transfer to North Korea

… According to a report by Radio Free Asia, Friday, a spokesman for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, "Should these allegations be brought to the attention of the committee, they will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken."

  

KBS WORLD RADIO

June 4 “US State Department Expresses Support for Inter-Korean Cooperation

… The department issued the position on Thursday in response to an inquiry by Radio Free Asia about Seoul's recent decision to build more video conference centers for reunions of families separated by the Korean War.

APPLE DAILY

June 4 “Jailed citizen journalist Zhang Zhan gets human rights prize

… Wang Dan, the convenor of the selection committee for the latest prize, on Wednesday announced Zhang as the winner, Radio Free Asia reported.

LIFE NEWS

June 3 “Uyghur Women Describe Brutal Forced Abortions: “I Was 6 1/2 Months Pregnant.” They Killed My Baby

… Another former Chinese obstetrician, Hasiyet Abdulla, who now lives in Turkey recently told Radio Free Asia about the forced abortions and infanticide that she witnessed in Xinjiang hospitals.

BITTER WINTER

June 3 “Mihray Erkin: The Senseless Killing of a Uyghur Young Girl

... Recent confirmation however once Radio Free Asia had spoken to officials in Kashgar region, that she had in fact died have devastated him. 

HERALD MALAYSIA ONLINE

June 3 “Fears rise over China's growing crackdown on Christian religious leaders

… In April, Washington-based Radio Free Asia published a report that said Chinese authorities were detaining Christians in secretive, mobile "transformation" facilities to make them renounce their faith.

DIPLOMAT

June 3 “Laos Establishes Task Force to Police Social Media Platforms

… This week, Radio Free Asia (RFA)’s Lao service reported on the creation of a new Lao government task force to monitor social media use, focusing especially on so-called “fake news” and posts criticizing the government or ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP).

NEPAL 24 HOURS

June 1 “Outspoken Chinese Dissident Aizhong Detained By Police In Guangzhou

… According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), Wang Aizhong was detained at his home in Guangdong’s provincial capital, Guangzhou.

APPLE DAILY

June 1 “China forces dissidents on ‘vacations’ as Tiananmen anniversary nears

… Dissident Zha Jianguo was told by public security officers that he has to leave Beijing for June 4, “I can’t stay here in Beijing over the next few days, just like every year on June 4,” Zha told Radio Free Asia

NEPAL 24 HOURS

June 1 “New Head Of Tibetan Exile Government Vows To ‘Reach Out’ To China

… Tsering, former speaker of Tibet’s exile parliament in Dharamsala, won a closely fought April 11 election held in Tibetan communities worldwide over Kelsang Dorjee Aukatsang, with the turnout the highest in the history of Tibetan elections held in exile, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA).

ASIA NEWS

June 1 “Hong Kongers ready to defy ban against 4 June Tiananmen massacre memorial

… Restrictive measures have already been taken against Zha JianguoTan Zuoren, Ji Feng, and Yang Shaozhengthis according to Radio Free Asia and Apple Daily.

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