RFA in the News (March 2021)

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ASIA TIMES

March 30 “The rebels who will and won’t fight Myanmar’s coup

… Radio Free Asia (RFA) Myanmar Service’s reporting on the statement garnered 121,000 views and 17,000 shares.

KOREA TIMES

March 30 “Korea's global image tarnished due to marginalization of foreigners, LGBT

… "South Korea's decision to once again take a step back from the resolution is a complete betrayal of the human rights issues in the North," he was quoted as saying by the U.S.-based media outlet Radio Free Asia (RFA).

NEPAL 24 HOURS

March 30 “Beijing’s Retaliatory Sanctions Over Xinjiang And Uyghurs Seen As Self-Defeating

… Among those hit with travel bans and asset freezes were Chen Mingguo, the director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau; senior Chinese officials Wang Mingshan and Wang Junzheng; and the former head of the XUAR, Zhu Hailun, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA).

KYODO NEWS

March 28 “Myanmar people mourn after 114 reportedly killed in crackdowns

… In Monywa in central Myanmar on Sunday, people marched on streets calling for the restoration of a civilian government, according to U.S. government-funded international broadcaster Radio Free Asia.

NEPAL 24 HOURS

March 28 “China Targets Exiled Uyghurs For Internet Hacking And Phishing Attacks

… One Chinese hacker group, called Evil Eye, is working hard to lure Facebook users, offering links to subjects or “news items” of special interest to its targets, according to IT expert Steven Adair, who was quoted by Radio Free Asia (RFA).

THE CHRONICLE

March 27 “Protesters Rally for Myanmar in New York City

… Radio Free Asia reported that at least 300 people had been killed in clashes between the military, police, and civilians between February 1 and March 26.

NEPAL 24 HOURS

March 27 “Speedboat Fugitive Andy Li ‘Missing’ After Return to HK

… His case was mentioned in a hearing at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court on the same day, but Li himself wasn’t in court, as he is currently in compulsory 14-day quarantine, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA).

NATIONAL INTEREST

March 26 “Does North Korea Have 13,000 Coronavirus Cases?

… According to Radio Free Asia, a recent statistic survey by the Ministry of Health found 100 deaths and 13,000 “suspected” coronavirus cases, just in one province, North Hamgyong.

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

March 26 “Chinese Gov’t Launches Intimidation Campaign Against Popular Brands Nike, H&M For Rejecting Uyghur Slave Labor

… According to Radio Free Asia, these communities are being "subjected to torture, forced labor, state-enforced birth control including forced sterilizations and abortions, and cultural eradication."

ASEAN TODAY

March 26 “Cambodia blocks Angkor Wat resort, will Laos stop the dam at its UNESCO site?

… Mechtild Rossler, director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center, told Radio Free Asia that Laos must now carry out a new social impact assessment for the dam because UNESCO has found that the first study done by the dam developers was inadequate.

EXPRESS

March 25 “Disaster for Kim Jong-un as six border guards tasked to block defections defect themselves

… Speaking to Radio Free Asia (RFA) a military insider said the escape had shocked North Korean authorities.

NATIONAL INTEREST

March 25 “China Has as Much More Sinister Plan for the South China Sea

… According to a report from Radio Free Asia, Beijing isn't just interested in the abundant natural resources – which of course it most certainly is – but there is also what has been described as the South China Sea's "most valuable but least visible resource: data."

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

March 22 “China Clamping Down On Voice-Changing Software Used By Activists To Speak Out Anonymously

… According to Radio Free Asia, the Chinese authorities' clamping down on voice-changing software is a move to bolster already existing government censors.

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

March 22 “China’s Xiamen City Enlisting Help Of Locals In Crackdown Against Christian House Churches

… A resident with the surname Li told Radio Free Asia last week that the Chinese government has been inconsistent with their definitions of what a house church is. 

EXPRESS

March 21 “Kim Jong-un steps up war on sex by EXILING North Korea teenager for watching pornography

… The Hermit State’s portly leader launched his crackdown last year, with one unnamed source telling US-funded website Radio Free Asia the Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party was cracking down on immoral sexual deviance in boys and girls at high school.

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

March 20 “ICE Detains Son Of Award-Winning Human Rights Lawyer Wang Yu, Who Is Monitored In China

… He told Radio Free Asia Wang and her husband never "indoctrinated" him to oppose communist China rule.

 

ASIA NEWS INTERNATIONAL

March 19 “China using pressure tactics on family members to intimidate Uyghur scribes

… China has been pressurising family members to intimidate journalists reporting about the atrocities against over a million Uyghurs in Xinjiang, as recently shown by the detainment of two brothers of a Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalist who has been missing since 2018, according to Xinjiang officials.

DIPLOMAT

March 17 “Laos Grants 25-Year Power Grid Concession to Chinese-Majority Firm

… According to a report by Radio Free Asia’s Lao service, the company, Electricite du Laos Transmission Company Ltd. (EDLT), will invest $2 billion in the Lao power grid and will manage large parts of it for a period of 25 years, after which they will be ceded to the Lao government.

ASEAN TODAY

March 17 “Should Vietnam become a member of the UN Human Rights Council?

… “Surely, Vietnam can’t run for [membership on] the Human Rights Council,” Nguyen told Radio Free Asia’s Vietnamese Service.

DEADLINE

March 17 “China Orders Media To Downplay Oscars Coverage After Chloé Zhao, Hong Kong Doc Noms – Update

… The news was also reported by Radio Free Asia and Hong Kong’s Apple Daily.

UNITE PRESS INTERNATIONAL

March 16 “North Korean vessels active in China, marine traffic data show

… Data from maritime intelligence provider MarineTraffic showed as many as 13 North Korean ships had turned on their Automatic Identification System, or AIS, enabling the monitoring of vessels that previously may have gone undetected, Radio Free Asia's Korean service reported.

NEW TANG DYNASTY (Also in EPOCH TIMES)

March 16 “EU and Vietnam to Exclude China-Made Vaccines

… Meanwhile, according to Radio Free Asia, Vietnam is importing a large number of COVID-19 vaccines from the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, and other countries, but it has not ordered any Chinese vaccines.

ASIA NEWS

March 16 “Cambodian activist arrested for criticizing Chinese anti-Covid vaccine

… Asked by Radio Free Asia (RFA) her daughter Thorn Somethea charges: "They arrested her for no reason, I waited all night for her to return to her home".

NEPAL 24 HOURS

March 15 “US Condemns Xinjiang Genocide Of Uyghurs By China at UN Human Rights Council

… Cassayre’s comments followed a call on Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken for China to allow international monitors to probe reports of abuses in the XUAR, where authorities are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a vast network of internment camps since early 2017, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA).

COLORADO POLITICS

March 15 “Q&A with Dana Perino | Fox News star is rooted in Colorado

… In 2009, then President Barack Obama nominated Perino to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees government-sponsored, non-military international broadcasting, such as Radio Free Europe and Radio Free Asia

POLITICO (Also in EXPRESS, TAIWAN NEWS)

March 15 “Biden bets big on Asia

… "Beijing is looking at speeding up a resolution of the Taiwan issue during Xi's third term as president," Wu Qiang, a former politics professor at Tsinghua University told Radio Free Asia, arguing that President Xi Jingping is likely planning to make a definite move to annex Taiwan, an independent democracy China insists is part of its territory.

DIPLOMAT (Also in KRASIA, COURIER, KOREA TIMES)

March 15 “Black Sunday in Myanmar: Dozens Killed as Martial Law Declared

… The real death toll from the day could well be much higher, with Radio Free Asia reporting as many as 70 deaths from the day’s crackdown, including 51 in Hlaingthaya.

KBS WORLD RADIO

March 13 “UNICEF: All Countries' Vaccination Plans are Submitted

UNICEF spokesperson for East Asia and Pacific Shima Islam told Radio Free Asia that "all country vaccination plans have been submitted," implying that North Korea has submitted one, although the official did not name the country. 

NIKKEI ASIA

March 13 “North Korea executes lockdown violators fleeing starvation: UN

… Both Daily NK and Radio Free Asia reported executions of those violating quarantine rules.

FOREIGN POLICY

March 12 “Uyghur Women Are China’s Victims—and Resistance

… The first person Asqar reached out to was Gulchehra Hoja, a reporter with Radio Free Asia in Washington.

HILL

March 12 “How the United States can protect democracy from China and Russia

… Biden’s early moves to restore effective leadership at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, Voice of America, and Radio Free Asia are a good start.

BUSINESS STANDARD

March 11 “Lawmakers call out China for abuse against minority women in Xinjiang

… According to Radio Free Asia, lawmakers from the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) issued a statement Monday recognizing the plight of women in the region, where authorities are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a vast network of internment camps since early 2017.

NIKKEI ASIA REVIEW

March 11 “Liberal forces strengthen grip on South Korean politics

… Defectors from the North visited the U.S. because of moves to hold a hearing on the law in Congress, according to Radio Free Asia.

AL JAZEERA

March 11 “Is China losing control of the Uighur narrative?

RFA Uyghur’s Mamatjan Juma spoke with Al Jazeera about renewed international pressure on Beijing over human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

ASEAN TODAY

March 10 “Cambodia signals foreign policy shift by halting military drills with China

… Explaining Cambodia’s decision to suspend the exercise, Defense Minister Tea Banh told Radio Free Asia’s Khmer-language service that devastating floods have severely impacted the country’s infrastructure and food supply.

DEUTSCHE WELLE

March 10 “Myanmar coup: Military cracks down on free speech, press freedom

… Anyone who wanted to obtain up-to-date and uncensored information had to access outlets such as the Democratic Voice of Burma, the BBC or Radio Free Asia, each of which offered Burmese-language programs.

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

March 10 “Wuhan Citizen Journalist Who Reported About COVID Still Missing After A Year

… According to Radio Free Asia, Fang was being held incommunicado since March 5 and his family has since then refrained from speaking to the media about his case for fear of government retribution.

FRANCE 24

March 9 “China: Beijing delivery rider and labour activist is detained after denouncing worker exploitation

… On February 25, Xiong and several of his close friends were detained in Beijing for unknown reasons, reported Radio Free Asia, and have not been heard from since.

IRRAWADDY

March 9 “Myanmar Media Groups Vow to Defy Junta’s Publishing Bans

… Other outlets, including the BBC’s Burmese service, Radio Free Asia’s Burmese service and The Irrawaddy have been covering anti-regime movement and the military’s violent crackdowns against protesters, including killing and arbitrary detentions since the Feb. 1 coup.

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

March 8 “China Buys Several British Private Schools Amidst Pandemic Financial Struggles, Expanding Communist Influence in the West

… "British private schools are a weak link, because there is a need for investment, and the CCP is taking advantage of that," Wang Jianhong, spokesman for the U.S.-based rights group Humanitarian China told Radio Free Asia.

CNN

March 8 “Uyghur journalist reacts after Beijing dismisses claims of genocide

Uyghur journalist Gulchehra Hoja, an anchor for US government-funded Radio Free Asia, reacts to Beijing's dismissal of claims of genocide in Xinjiang, China.

TORONTO SUN

March 8 “KILGOUR: Genocide, Uyghurs and Beijing

… Radio Free Asia reported that a hospital for infectious diseases at Aksu city was transformed into an internment camp with a large crematorium nearby and a “green corridor” for expedited organs at nearby Aksu airport.

COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS

March 8 “China detains family members of Radio Free Asia Uyghur editor Eset Sulaiman

… In a March 3 report, the U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia, where Eset works as a U.S.-based editor at the outlet’s Uyghur-language service, reported that authorities in the Xinjiang autonomous region had arrested two of the journalist’s brothers and at least five of his cousins in 2017 and 2018, and that they remained in detention.

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

March 8 “Imprisoned Uyghur Textile Merchant Dies Days After Release From Chinese Concentration Camp

… According to Radio Free Asia, Abdukerim was released from one of the concentration facilities in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where he spent three years in detention

NEPAL 24 HOURS

March 8 “Five Uyghurs From One Family Jailed For Egypt Study, Another Dies In Camp

… Kurbanjan Abdukerim, 54, passed away four days after his Feb. 23 release from one of the facilities in the XUAR’s vast network of camps, where authorities are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities since early 2017, according to Radio Free Asia.

FRANKLIN NEWS POST

March 8 “Uyghur journalist reacts after Beijing dismisses claims of genocide

… Uyghur journalist Gulchehra Hoja, an anchor for US government-funded Radio Free Asia, reacts to Beijing's dismissal of claims of genocide in Xinjiang, China.

INDEPENDENT CATHOLIC NEWS (Also in LIFE NEWS and CHRISTIANITY DAILY)

March 8 “International Women's Day a mockery for Chinese women

Radio Free Asia report stated that, according to an official news outlet, "an average of eight million 'extra' pregnancies are aborted in China each year."

KOREA TIMES

March 7 “Seoul's leniency on Pyongyang worries some in international community

… "The primary responsibility for economic and social challenges facing vulnerable people in the DPRK rests with the policies of the DPRK government," Nabila Massrali, the EU's spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy, told Radio Free Asia.

TIMES OF LONDON

March 7 “Burma orders ruthless army units to crush protests

… A police officer who defected last week told Radio Free Asia that during a lethal crackdown at a Mandalay shipyardtroops wore police uniforms to disguise their roles.

VOICE OF AMERICA

March 5 “In Another Flip, Hun Sen Now Says He Will Rule Indefinitely

… Sok Eysan pointed to a February 27 report from Radio Free Asia’s Khmer Service, which reported that Hun Manet was taking a more active role in the government COVID-19 recovery efforts to boost his political capital.

TAIPEI TIMES

March 5 “Opinion: Stop genocide and organ harvesting

Radio Free Asia reported that a hospital for infectious diseases in Aksu City was transformed into an internment camp with a large crematorium nearby and a “green corridor” for expedited organs at nearby Aksu Airport.

STRAITS TIMES (Also in U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT)

March 4 “Myanmar police break up protests with at least 38 dead, says UN envoy, as Asean urges restraint

… Save the Children said in a statement four children were among the dead, including a 14-year-old boy who Radio Free Asia reported was shot dead by a soldier on a passing convoy of military trucks. 

NEPAL 24 HOURS

March 4 “Three Tibetan Teens Arrested: Two Missing, One in Hospital, Over Failure to Register Chat Group

… The three teens—identified by sources as Dadul, Sangye Tso, and Kansi, a nickname—were taken into custody after setting up their group during the Tibetan New Year, also called Losar, in mid-February, London-based Free Tibet said in a statement, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA).

GUARDIAN (Also in REUTERS, WASHINGTON POST, RAPPLER, SKY NEWS, STRAITS TIMES, TIMES OF LONDON, DAILY BEAST, INDEPENDENT, and REPUBLIC WORLD)

March 4 “'The police just shot': the terror inflicted on Myanmar's protesters

… Separately, distressing CCTV footage published by Radio Free Asia showed police stopping an ambulance and detaining three medics.

CHINA DIGITAL TIMES

April 4 “TRANSLATION: DETENTION OF TAKEOUT DRIVER ADVOCATE HIGHLIGHTS DIGITAL-ERA LABOR ABUSES

… Citing two March 1 entries on China Labour Bulletin’s Strike Map of food delivery app workers’ strikes in Shenzhen and Tongxiang, Radio Free Asia reports that the recent detention of an unofficial industry labor leader—along with the low pay and poor working conditions he had been speaking publicly about—contributed in leading the workers to protest.

DIPLOMAT

March 4 “UNESCO Calls for Heritage Assessment for Lao Hydropower Dam

… Last week, Radio Free Asia reported that UNESCO has requested an assessment for a planned hydropower dam close to the town of Luang Prabang, fearing that the dam’s potential impact could put the World Heritage Site at risk.

NEWSWEEK

March 3 “Chinese Blogger Charged Under Hero and Martyr Law Confesses on State Media

… The Chinese Communist Party was "curtailing its people's freedom of speech," Shanghai-based lawyer Wu Shaoping told Radio Free Asia.

WASHINGTON TIMES

March 1 “Touted Chinese drama revives U.S. biological weapons disinformation

… The Tianjin Communist Party document, disclosed by Radio Free Asia, states that all district party committees, district governments and nongovernmental organizations were ordered to watch the entire series.

KHMER TIMES

March 1 “Cambodia embassy refutes Washington Post editorial on internet gateway

… The embassy responded to this claim by listing different media outlets which are allowed to operate in the country, including Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA).

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

March 1 “Fierce Repression in Myanmar; Official Death Toll 18 But Activists Say 26 Protesters Dead

Radio Free Asia said witnesses confirmed at least 15 protester deaths -- four in Yangon, three in Mandalay, four in Dawei, two protesters in Bago, and one each on Mawlamyine, the Mon State capital, and Pakokku.

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