RFA in the News (March 2020)

2020-04-08
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DONG-A ILBO

March 30 "Around 100 suspected deaths among N. Korean troops near Chinese border"

... According to Radio Free Asia on Friday, COVID-19 supplies were shipped to North Korea on Saturday such as N95 face masks, personal protective equipment and infrared thermometers, which the UNICEF was requested last month by the North Korean government to provide.

CASINO.ORG

March 30 "Cambodia to Close Land-Based Casinos as More Residents Contract COVID-19"

... Radio Free Asia claimed some 120,000 Chinese workers left Cambodia in the weeks after Hun Sen announced the end of online gaming.

RFE/RL

March 27 "Coronavirus Comeback? China Braces For Possible Second Wave Of COVID-19"

... Radio Free Asia said on March 26 that an influential Chinese real-estate tycoon, Ren Zhiqiang, was under investigation after penning an open letter that appeared to be highly critical of President Xi Jinping and the official response to COVID-19.

PEN AMERICA

March 27 "Prison Sentence for Uyghur Singer Part of China's Efforts to Eradicate Uyghur Culture"

... Sentenced in a secret trial in late 2019 in northwest’s China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Rashida Dawut’s status was only reported this week by Radio Free Asia.

DAILY NK

March 27 "China conducts maintenance on Sino-North Korean Friendship Bridge"

... Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported recently [in Korean] that travel agencies in China are starting to identify potential travelers to North Korea.

PROPUBLICA (Also in ALTERNET, RAW STORY)

March 26 "How China Built a Twitter Propoganda Machine Then Let It Loose on Coronavirus"

... It came from the Twitter handle @RNA_Chinese, an account that appears to have been an attempt to fool the casual reader into believing it was coming from the U.S. government-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia (@RFA_Chinese).

INDEPENDENT

March 26 "China wants to keep coronavirus critics silent-- but its journalists are fighting back"

... On 31 January, hours before he was scheduled to join a talk show on Radio Free Asia (RFA) to talk about the coronavirus outbreak, several police knocked on the door of Hu’s residence, asking him what he’d been up to.

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

March 26 "North Koreans Fall in Vulnerable Situation Due to COVID-19"

The Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on 24th that Christian missionaries work in North Korea are asking for help, saying that North Koreans are in great trouble due to the spread of the coronavirus infection.

UCA NEWS (Also in EURASIA REVIEW)

March 26 "Cambodia accused of using Covid-19 for political clampdown"

... "It's truly frightening" that the Cambodian government "seems more interested in silencing online critics than undertaking a massive Covid-19 public information campaign," Radio Free Asia quoted Robertson as saying.

OPINDIA

March 26 "As the world grapples with Wuhan Coronavirus, China engages in daylight robbery, theft, and increased military activity: Read how"

... China has continued to assert its presence in the South China Sea in the wake of the Wuhan Coronavirus crisis by deploying maritime militia around disputed islands and reefs in the Spratly island chain, according to vessel tracking data and satellite imagery reviewed by Radio Free Asia.

KOREA HERALD

March 25 "UN chief advises relaxing NK sanctions over virus spread"

... The global fund told Radio Free Asia that it was relocating funds to assist countries hit by the pandemic.

UCA NEWS

March 25 "Hong Kong shuts airport as Covid-19 spikes again"

... Dr. Ho Pak-Leung, a senior microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong, told Radio Free Asia that the city had seen a sudden surge in coronavirus cases in recent days.

KOREA HERALD

March 24 "NK's foreign currency income likely to shrink over virus spread"

... Meanwhile, the North Korean government was aggressively seeking Chinese investment in fishery facilities to boost production, Radio Free Asia said Monday, quoting local traders familiar with the issue.

PHAYUL

March 24 "London man second Tibetan to die from COVID-19"

... An elderly Tibetan man died of COVID-19 at a hospital in London around 1 am (London Time) on 24 March 2020, becoming the second Tibetan in exile to die from the COVID-19 virus, Radio Free Asia reported.

PERSECUTION.ORG

March 21 "North Korea Produces Candy for Founder's Birthday Amid Food Scarcity"

... Sources in the country told Radio Free Asia that the country is on track to produce large amounts of candy for children despite rising food prices and the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

FOREIGN POLICY

March 20 "Claims of a Coronavirus-Free Laos Are Probably Fiction"

... Indeed, a woman was arrested in February for posting rumors on Facebook that people infected with coronavirus were shopping at a mall in Vientiane, according to a Radio Free Asia report.

IRRAWADDY

March 23 "Long Way to Go but Marching to It: 20 Years of Pushing Political Reform in Myanmar"

... AAPP caught the attention of media from all over the world, including the BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, Democratic Voice of Burma, The Irrawaddy, Mizzima and New Era Journal.

RADIO + TELEVISION BUSINESS REPORT (Also in BEST MEDIA INFO, RADIO INK)

March 19 "New York Festivals Reveals 2020 Radio Finalists"

... Documentaries dominated, compelling documentaries captivated listeners with riveting stories and unique points of view. Finalists include: ... “China’s Great Famine:  Sad Songs of Peasants in a Food War” Radio Free Asia... Breaking news, feature and investigative reports captured events and provocative topics unfolding on the world stage. Finalists include: ... “13 North Koreans’ 10,000 km Journey in Search of Freedom” Radio Free Asia.

GLOBAL VOICES

March 19 "Watchdog decries threat to press freedom as China expels US journalists"

... In addition, the Ministry also demanded the above three media outlets together with Time Magazine and Radio Free Asia register their staff, financial status and assets in China with Chinese authorities.

IPP MEDIA

March 19 "Activists talking: Protest in a time of climate crisis"

... Fortunately, on the day of the protest, a journalist from Radio Free Asia was there. "She took pictures and posted them on FaceBook, which generated a big discussion amongst activists at home."

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

March 17 "North Korea U.S. negotiator could be headed to Vienna, analysts say"

... Ken Gause of CNA Corp., a nonprofit research firm in Arlington, Va., says the Austrian ambassadorship is an important post for the North Koreans, Radio Free Asia reported.

UNION OF CATHOLIC ASIAN NEWS

March 17 "Vietnam mimics China in forced confessions: rights group"

... The group's director Nguyen Quoc Ngu told Radio Free Asia that the report aims to tell governments across the world that they have ignored rights violations in Vietnam.

YAHOO NEWS (Also in BIG NEWS NETWORK)

March 16 "US demands Vietnam free blogger handed 10-year term"

... The State Department said it was "dismayed" by the sentence handed last week to Truong Duy Nhat, a regular contributor to US-backed Radio Free Asia.

AMERICAN MILITARY TIMES (Also in CHINA DIGITAL TIMES, WASHINGTON EXAMINER)

March 16 "Chinese businessman who called Xi Jinping a 'clown' over coronavirus suddenly missing"

... Radio Free Asia reported that Ren, 69, was detained on Thursday, and is being held at a Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) training facility in a suburb of Beijing, according to Han Hianchao, an overseas democracy activist.

AL JAZEERA

March 13 "Cambodia to host war games with China amid coronavirus outbreak"

... Earlier this month, ruling Cambodian People's Party spokesman Sok Eysan was quoted by Radio Free Asia as saying that there had been no case in Cambodia yet, therefore there was no risk in holding the exercise.

CHRISTIAN NEWS

March 12 "Vietnamese Christians Released From Prison After Nearly 16 Years"

... As a result, I was arrested and sentenced to 18 years in prison,” Knul told Radio Free Asia (RFA).

TAIWAN NEWS

March 12 “US Legislation would ban products from Xinjiang over forced labor concerns

… McGovern announced the new bill on March 5 at an event titled "China's Systematic Persecution of Uyghurs," hosted by the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, Radio Free Asia reported.

TAIWAN NEWS

March 12 “China coronavirus expert removed for rejecting Chinese herbal therapy: Report

… Zhong was replaced by Liang Wannian (梁萬年), director of the Department of Healthcare Reform of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of People's Republic of China (NHFPC), who will lead a team of nearly 60 people, many of whom are believed to specialize in traditional Chinese medicine, according to Radio Free Asia.

PHAYUL

March 11 "Military drill in Lhasa ahead of sensitive Tibetan Uprising anniversary"

... A large show of force, including what state media called “combat-ready” troops, fire fighters, and People’s Armed Police were on parade in Lhasa last week reported Radio Free Asia.

GOTECH DAILY

March 11 “China blocked Wuhan residents at Gunpoint to protect Xi Jinping

… Xi’s visit was aimed at keeping the virus under control and Wuhan to work again, but city residents used social media to illuminate what Radio Free Asia (RFA) called “the massive security operation.” and propaganda surrounding Xi’s visit.

QUARTZ

March 11 “Martian language, emoji, and braille: How China is rallying to save a coronavirus story online

… The story was deleted from Ren Wu’s WeChat account within hours (link in Chinese) of being published, according to Radio Free Asia.

UNION JOURNAL

March 11 "Cambodia Energy Chiefs Tied to U.S. Property Worth $5 Million"

... Through cautious examination of openly readily available property as well as economic documents, Radio Free Asia has actually assembled exactly how the household have actually developed a land profile, consisting of a sizable rental property as well as fruit orchards, covering some 196 acres as well as worth $5.5 million bucks.

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

March 10 “Freedom House Said “North Korea Is the Worst Free Oppressor in the World

Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on 6(local time) that an international human rights organization has marked out North Korea for the world's worst oppressor of civil rights and political circles.

IRRAWADDY

March 10 “Environmental Activist Faces Arrest in Myanmar’s Karen State, Rights Groups Object

… Tin Tun Aung, a Hpa-an police officer, told Radio Free Asia that he and other police went to arrest Saw Tha Phoe at his house but he was not at home.

NHK

March 10 “Market tenants protest for rent waiver in China

… A US-funded station, Radio Free Asia, reports that similar protests took place in Zhejiang and Liaoning Provinces.

GOTECH DAILY

March 10 “North Korea sheds foreign diplomats among Coronavirus fears

… According to Radio Free Asia, health authorities have also launched a school sanitation project on a national scale, but instead of funding properly, the state has asked parents to pay for their schools.

COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS (Also in REUTERS, CHANNEL NEWS ASIA, VOICE OF AMERICA, NATION, MALAYSIAN INSIGHT, STRAITS TIMES)

March 9 “Vietnamese blogger who was abducted in Thailand sentenced to 10 years in prison

This morning, a Hanoi court sentenced Nhat, a blogger with the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Asia's Vietnamese language service, to ten years in prison after a half-day trial for “abusing his position and power while on duty” as a reporter, a crime under Clause 3, Article 356, of Vietnam’s penal code, according to news reports, a report from his employer, and his daughter Thuc Doan Truong, who communicated with CPJ via messaging apps.

INQUIRER

March 9 “China bases advanced rescue ship on Kagitingan Reef – report

... Radio Free Asia (RFA), a non-profit news site, reported last week that Nan Hai Jiu 115 was spotted around Kagitingan Reef, one of the areas where China built its man-made islands.

BITTER WINTER

March 8 "New Re-Eduation of Uyghurs: Forced Labor Outside Xinjiang"

According to a Radio Free Asia report, the Xinjiang government is forcing Uyghurs to relocate to the provinces of Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang, in what may be part of a bid to bolster production, regardless of the risks posed by the virus.

EXPRESS

March 7 “Coronavirus cover-up: North Korea desperately trying to hide outbreak – 7000 cases feared

… A resident of nearby Ryongchon county told Radio Free Asia’s Korean Service: “A group of suspected new coronavirus cases occurred in Shindo county, North Pyongan province, near Donggang, China, so the area was completely quarantined on February 25.

SUPCHINA

March 4 “Sealed Doors And ‘Positive Energy’: COVID-19 In Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia reported that, in some cases, Uyghurs were threatened with internment if they ventured outside their homes.

WWD

March 2 “Forced Uighur Labor Could Worsen in Virus Labor Crunch

Paywall.

CAMPUS TIMES

March 2 “Uighurs speak on ‘21st-century dystopia’

… A former editor at Radio Free Europe and Radio Free Asia, and a Uighur himself, Kanat offered an academic preface to the more personal account of his counterpart, Mihrigul Tursun, a survivor of Chinese concentration camps, and the second speaker of the evening.

KHMER TIMES

March 2 “Cambodia decries ‘biased’ remarks about human rights situation

… Mr Sokkhoeurn said the Kingdom has more than 1,000 print and online media, TV and radio stations while the Voice of America and Radio Free Asia broadcast in Khmer is accessible online without censorship.

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