RFA in the News (March 2019)

2019-04-26
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CHRISTIAN POST

March 27 “China bans 1,000-member church in Beijing, demands members vow not to attend

"The normal religious lives of believers have been violated and obstructed, causing serious emotional harm and damage to their sense of patriotism, as well as causing social conflict," the statement read, according to Radio Free Asia.

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON

March 27China Building Long-Range Cruise Missile Launched From Ship Container

… During a conflict, "China’s substantial commercial base, its access to ports, and its military-to-military contacts in the Caribbean might prove useful," Ellis told Radio Free Asia.

BURMA NEWS INTERNATIONAL

March 27 “GOVERNMENT’S UNWISE POLICY: Directive to annihilate AA leads to peace negotiation deadlock

… “The government will take necessary action to maintain security. All parties need to understand that,” according to the Radio Free Asia March 21 report.

KOREA TIMES

March 26 “German lawmakers visiting North Korea

In addition, eight members of the German-Korean Parliamentary Friendship Group, including Katharina Landgraf, a member of the ruling Christian Democratic Union, are also planning to visit North Korea in late May, according to the Korean service of Radio Free Asia, a U.S. funded broadcaster.

ABC.NET

March 24 “North Korea's global restaurant empire faces uncertainty as sanctions begin to bite this year

… "Groups of North Korean workers are seen returning home practically every day," one Chinese source told Radio Free Asia this month.

RAPPLER

March 22 “'Fresh News' and the future of the fourth estate in Cambodia

… A slew of independent radio stations have also been shuttered, silencing crucial voices and forcing Radio Free Asia to abandon its operations in the country.

KHMER TIMES

March 22 “Hun Sen defends clemency for former opposition members

… In an interview with Radio Free Asia on Wednesday, former opposition politician Eng Chhai Eang accused the nine of “betraying” the party and the will of the Cambodian people.

INTER PRESS SERVICE

March 22 “How Many Journalists are Jailed in China? Censorship Means We Don’t Know

… A day later, when Zhang returned to the detention center, authorities blocked him again without providing a reason and told him that his law firm was no longer handling the case, according to Radio Free Asia and Zhang’s statement on Minsheng Guancha.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL (also in CPJ, DEVDISCOURSE, AFP, UCA NEWS)

March 21 “Vietnamese and Thai authorities must come clean about journalist’s disappearance

… According to several media reports, including from Radio Free Asia (RFA), where Nhat published a regular blog, Nhat’s friends and family have recently been able to confirm his detention in Hanoi’s T-16 jail, although they have not yet been able to visit him.

BURMA NEWS INTERNATIONAL

March 21 “Positive expectation of Naypyitaw meeting will be minimal

… News outlet like Radio Free Asia, Voice of America, BBC, The Irrawaddy and other local media inquiries confirmed that the incidence has been a one-sided shooting spree of the Tatmadaw.

ARIRANG

March 20 “UNSC sanctions committee on North Korea to review sanctions implementation

… Radio Free Asia reported that the committee will be reviewing how UN member states have been implementing the sanctions on the regime, as well as looking at the expert panel reports submitted last week.

CHOSUN ILBO

March 20 “Top N.Korean Ambassadors Called Back to Pyongyang

… Meanwhile, Namibia has expelled all North Korean laborers despite its long-standing ties with Pyongyang, Radio Free Asia reported that day.

ATLANTIC

March 19 “When China Convinced the U.S. That Uighurs Were Waging Jihad

… Rushan Abbas, who had been a reporter for Radio Free Asia in Washington and who subsequently spent months in Guantánamo as the interpreter for the Uighurs, told me that Major General Michael E. Dunlavey, the commander of the task force responsible for interrogating the prisoners in Guantánamo’s early days, had said to her that he’d felt the Uighurs were being detained in error.

ASIA TIMES

March 19 “Clash of political and business titans in Cambodia

“Since this [arrest] comes on direct order from Hun Sen, I think it relates mostly to power politics than it does to fighting drug [trafficking],” Kim Sok told Radio Free Asia, while noting that no other nightclub or known drug-dealing site were raided at the same time.

KOREA TIMES

March 19 “US sticks to dialogue with NK

… The Congress Research Service, a Washington-based think tank, said in a report that North Korea is suspected of continuing to partner with Iran in nuclear and missile development, according to Radio Free Asia.

WASHINGTON POST

March 18 “China is trying to destroy Uighur culture. We’re trying to save it.

… In September, Radio Free Asia reported that Halmurat Ghopur, the former president of Xinjiang Medical University Hospital, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve.

DEUTSCHE WELLE

March 18 “China says 13,000 'terrorists' arrested in Xinjiang since 2014

… In 2017, Raxit told Radio Free Asia that Uighurs were ordered to hand in "any Islam related item" and authorities confiscated all Korans printed after 2012.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

March 14 “Vietnam: 6 Activists Headed to Prison

… A family member told a reporter at Radio Free Asia that 10 days after the trial, three cellmates beat Nguyen Van Duc Do severely and that prison guards did nothing to stop the beating.

SCAD CONNECTOR

March 14 “Big Data is rating you: Inside China’s Social Credit System

… Radio Free Asia reported that Liu discovered he was blacklisted because he hadn’t officially apologized to a person who sued him for copyright infringement.

DCIST

March 14 ‘We’re A People That Are Grieving’: Local Uighurs Have Escaped China, But Still Fear Repression

… Most Uighurs came to the area in the 1980s, with longtime residents pointing to the greater ease of asylum processing by being closer to the capital as well as the proximity to Radio Free Asia, a source of employment.

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

March 14 US calls China one of the worst regimes for human rights in 2018 due to ‘abuse and torture of Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang’

… According to those interviewed by Radio Free Asia, he died from strikes to the head with a blunt object, according to the report.

COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS

March 12 “How many journalists are jailed in China? Censorship means we don't know

… A day later, when Zhang returned to the detention center, authorities blocked him again without providing a reason and told him that his law firm was no longer handling the case, according to Radio Free Asia and Zhang's statement on Minsheng Guancha.

CHRISTIAN POST

March 12 “In Hong Kong, top US religious freedom official says Chinese gov't is 'at war with faith'

… According to Radio Free Asia, Brownback argued that China’s concentration camps were “created to wipe out the cultural and religious identity” of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, who hold “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas.

BITTER WINTER

March 12 “China’s High-Tech Surveillance State: a ‘Digital Despotism’

… According to a Radio Free Asia report, a Guangdong company, Bell New Vision Co., claims to have developed Sharp Eyes’ platform systems using home televisions and smartphones to push video surveillance into people’s homes.

KHMER TIMES

March 12 “PM slams leadership criticism

… Heng Kimhong, programme officer with the People Center for Development and Peace, in an interview with Radio Free Asia on Saturday said Mr Hun Sen should instead pay more attention in order to prevent the suspension of EBA.

TIMES OF CENTRAL ASIA

March 12 “Islamic countries engage with China against the background of repression in Xinjiang

… Throughout 2018, the government has even conducted a broad campaign of demolishing mosques, on the flimsy pretext of protecting the public from the dangers of dilapidated buildings (Gulf News, August 11 2018; Radio Free Asia, September 7 2018).

UPI

March 11 “Report: North Korea real estate plummets after summit collapse

… The pace of apartment sales is slowing in North Korean cities like Pyongyang and Sinuiju, where prices are in sharp decline, a North Korean source temporarily visiting China said, according to Radio Free Asia on Tuesday.

EPOCH TIMES

March 11 “Hong Kong Media Skips Coverage of US Official’s Speech on Religion Freedom

… Reporters from Reuters, Wall Street Journal, and Radio Free Asia (RFA) were present at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club to cover Brownback’s speech, as well as local media journalists from South China Morning Post, Oriental Daily, and Local Press.

BITTER WINTER

March 11 “Truth Behind Veterans’ Protests: No Jobs, Fraud, Beatings

… Radio Free Asia reports that the scene was dramatic, with lines of police dressed in full riot gear facing off against elderly men carrying sticks and banners with Communist symbols on them.

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR TIBET

March 10 “China tightens control and surveillance measures for 60th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising

… The Tibetan service Radio Free Asia reported that prior to March 10 and 14: “They are also being asked to keep their mobile phones switched on at all times.

WISCONSIN MUSLIM JOURNAL

March 8 “China’s Oppression of Its Muslim Minority

Radio Free Asia’s Uyghur Service was the first to break the news about the thousands of Uighurs in re-education camps in Xinjiang.

NEW YORK TIMES

March 8 “China Experiences a Fracking Boom, and All the Problems That Go With It

… A video of the protest outside the government building was first published by Radio Free Asia.

ASIA TIMES

March 7 “Cambodia: the case for freeing Kem Sokha

… In the Supreme Court’s ruling on the CNRP’s dissolution, prosecutors claimed that US Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia was an “assistant” and independent local election monitoring outfit Comfrel a “colluder” in the CNRP’s supposed revolutionary plan.

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW

March 6 “News of failed US summit seeps into North Korea

… News of an unproductive summit is spreading rapidly throughout North Korea, Radio Free Asia reported Monday, citing sources in North Pyongan Province, which borders China.

FOREIGN POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

March 5 “The Not At All Autonomous Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: An International Human Rights Embarrassment and Pothole on China’s Belt and Road

Most recently, Radio Free Asia reported that, to reduce the overflow in Xinjiang’s “re-education camps,” inmates are being sent to prisons in several other provinces.

UPI

March 5 “KCNA: North Korea's Pak Pong Ju inspects tunnel, factory

… Radio Free Asia reported ordinary North Koreans are exchanging news about the summit, and that the meeting is secretly being evaluated as a "failure" among members of the relatively isolated population.

MAMAMIA

March 3 “Six babies dead and tens of thousands sick: The other side of Australia's baby formula crisis.”

… In 2015, Radio Free Asia reported that hundreds of children in China’s Henan province fell ill after being administered expired vaccines, with another case of unrefrigerated vaccines killing four children in Shanxi province in 2010, reports The Guardian.

DIPLOMAT

March 2 “Behind North Korea’s YouTube Ambitions

…. At that time, a YouTube spokesperson told Radio Free Asia that the channel “repeatedly” violated the community guidelines, without elaborating further.

BUDDHIST DOOR

March 1 “Monks and Activists Hold Buddhist Ceremony to Address Deforestation in Cambodia

… Speaking to Radio Free Asia, Ven. Long noted that many young people attended the ceremony and that he hoped these youths would encourage and educate their friends so that more people would become involved in protecting the trees from damage, destruction, and deforestation.

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