RFA in the News (October 2019)

2019-12-16
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DAILYWIRE

Oct 31 “23 U.N. Member States Condemn China’s Human Rights Abuses; Twice As Many Praise The Communist Country

Radio Free Asia reported that the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan and others backed the statement.

ASIA TIMES

Oct. 31 “Where the Uighurs are free to be

… On his return to Europe, Jazexhi told Radio Free Asia that “I went to China with the good intention of countering the narrative we hear from the West, but what I saw was really horrific.”

DHAKA TRIBUNE

Oct. 30 “Rohingya crisis: Dhaka accuses Naypyidaw of misleading int’l community with false info

… A recent comprehensive report on these returnees by Radio Free Asia reveals total lack of preparedness on part of Myanmar.

FREE PRESS JOURNAL (Also in NEWS18, BUDDHISTDOOR, MOTHERSHIP)

Oct. 30 “China says its approval is ‘must’ for choosing Dalai Lama’s successor

… “It does not belong to anybody else, not any government or any entity,” Brownback was quoted as saying by Radio Free Asia (RFA).

ASIA NEWS

Oct. 29 “Plenum of Chinese Communist Party Central Committee underway amid silence and tight surveillance

… Journalist Gao Yu, activist Li Wei, dissident Hu Jia, human rights lawyer Bao Longjun, and Tiananmen massacre survivor Qi Zhiyong are all under house arrest or close surveillance, Radio Free Asia reported.

FORTUNE

Oct. 28 “Amazon’s next move After Losing a $10 Billion Contract to Microsoft

… Here’s a thoughtful editorial and riveting article from The Economist about a U.S.-government-funded news agency called Radio Free Asia (part of Voice of America parent U.S. Agency for Global Media) and the work it has done to expose the detention of China’s Muslim Uighur ethnic group.

HILL

Oct. 28 “OPINION: Trump’s demand for reciprocity with China can win ‘Cold War II’

… Today, VOA and Radio Free Asia are severely constrained by both resources and timid U.S. policies from challenging China with the truth, the West’s greatest weapon against tyranny.

KOREAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM (Also in YONHAP)

Oct. 28 “Two US B-52 Bombers Engage in Missions over East Sea

… According to Radio Free Asia, U.S. Vice Chief of Naval Operations Robert Burke said on Friday that North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missiles could be a “game changer” and may directly threaten the U.S. mainland.

WASHINGTON POST

Oct. 27 “EDITORIAL: Cambodia’s strongman wants ‘democracy’ without competition

… Mr. Rainsy, who led his party to large gains in the 2013 and 2017 elections, has also been blunt about his intentions, telling Radio Free Asia’s Khmer Service that the goal of his return is to lead a “tsunami” of his followers to restore democracy and arrest Mr. Hun Sen.

WALL STREET JOURNAL (Also in NHK WORLD)

Oct. 25 “EDITORIAL: A win for the Uighurs

… In a statement he gave to Radio Free Asia to be released upon his arrest, he said the only things he ever asked for are “human rights, legal rights, autonomous regional rights, and equality.”

NEW TANG DYNASTY

Oct. 24 “Beijing Denies Media Report of Plans to Replace Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam

… Chung Kim-wah, social science professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, told Radio Free Asia (RFA) on Oct. 23 that Hong Kong’s current situation is different when Tung resigned.

ECONOMIST

Oct. 24 “EDITORIAL: Knowledge of China’s gulag owes much to American-backed radio

… Alongside academics and human-rights groups, Radio Free Asia (RFA) a station funded by the American government, played a vital role in exposing Xinjiang’s horrors.

AMERICAN MILITARY NEWS

Oct. 24 “China plans to replace Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam due to violent protests

… The Hong Kong government formally removed the bill from a list of proposed legislation on Wednesday, Radio Free Asia reported.

GREEN ENERGY ANALYSIS (Also in VOX MARKETS)

Oct. 24 “North Korea to Grant Rare Earth Mine Access to China in Exchange of Solar Funding

… The source of the story was stated as sector pricing and data provider China Bulk Commodity (CBC). Nonetheless, Radio Free Asia published a similar report on Oct. 21.

ECONOMIST

Oct. 24 “To suppress news of Xinjiang’s gulag, China threatens Uighurs abroad

… When they arrived they were told they were being detained because of their kinship with Ms Hoja, a reporter for Radio Free Asia (RFA), a broadcaster funded by the American government.

VOICE OF AMERICA

Oct. 23 “Journalists Form A New Press Association, Plan to Protect At Risk Reporters

… “This was the case when two former Radio Free Asia reporters, Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, were arrested in 2017 on alleged espionage charges.”

TACOMA LEDGER

Oct. 22 “OPINION: End the violence to women in Chinese camps

… In 2013, an article by Radio Free Asia went more in depth of the abortions Uyghur women are forced to go through with.

DAILYWIRE (Also in NEXTSHARK, BREITBART)

Oct. 22 “Police Chief In China Expresses Concern Over ‘Re-Education’ Camp, Gets Detained

Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that Qari made his remarks about 1.5 million minorities held for having “strong religious views” while “attending a gathering at a friend’s home early this year.”

ASEAN ECONOMIST

Oct. 22 “OPINON: Myanmar deserves better than Aung San Suu Kyi

… He was rearrested that year after the military charged him with incitement for telling Radio Free Asia that he was abused by the authorities during his first trial.

TIMES OF LONDON

Oct. 22 “Hong Kong students look to Taiwan amid fear of reprisals

… “There has been a marked increase in students attending, and I think that has something to do with recent problems in Hong Kong,” Sophia Ma, deputy head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong, told Radio Free Asia.

NATIONAL INTEREST

Oct. 21 “North Korea Faces an (Under) Population Bomb

… “Punishments for those who perform illegal abortions and use contraceptive devices are already in place, but this new policy bans all kinds of abortions and birth control procedures, including even those performed at hospitals,” Radio Free Asia reported in 2015.

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

Oct. 21 “The Ambiguous Plight of the Rohingya

… According to Radio Free Asia, the group told police they had paid thousands of dollars to traffickers to arrange for transportation to Yangon, where some intended to stay and work, while others planned to travel to Malaysia.

ELEVEN

Oct. 21 “AA leader’s sister, brother-in-law arrested at Yangon Airport

… A family member told the Radio Free Asia News Agency reported that AA chief Tun Myat Naing’s sister and his brother-in-law Kyaw Naing accompanied with their four-year-old daughter were arrested at the Yangon International Airport in the afternoon of October 19th.

PHNOM PENH POST (Also in DEUTSCHE WELLE, CAMBODIA DAILY)

Oct. 20 “Police ‘ready to arrest’ Rainsy as CNRP arrive in Thailand

… Rainsy said in an interview with Radio Free Asia (RFA) on Friday night that plans for his return would not be changed.

HONG KONG FREE PRESS (Also in UNREPRESENTED NATIONS AND PEOPLES ORGANIZATION)

Oct. 20 “China has destroyed large areas of one of Tibet’s biggest Buddhist sites, satellite images reveal

… The latest round of evictions in Yarchen Gar began in July, with US-backed Radio Free Asia reporting at least 3,500 people being removed this year, citing local sources.

ASEAN POST

Oct. 19 “E-commerce threat for Myanmar’s jade

… The increasingly affluent China is the biggest market for Myanmar’s jade, and Radio Free Asia has reported how the highly valuable stone is often smuggled untaxed across porous borders to Chinese buyers – and the direct sale of jade online may now make up about 80 percent of all purchases, bypassing Myanmar’s tax collectors.

AMERICAN MILITARY NEWS

Oct. 19 “Chinese President Xi Jinping vows to crush Hong Kong protesters’ bones to ‘powder’

… Additionally, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation, called the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, on Tuesday that requires Washington to review Hong Kong’s human rights situation annually and implement sanctions against officials linked to rights abuses in the city, if approved by the Senate, Radio Free Asia reported.

HEAVY

Oct. 17 “Jimmy Sham: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

… Following the violence that proceeded a protest in Hong Kong on the 70th of Chinese Communist rule in the country, Sham was quoted by Radio Free Asia as saying, “All the Civil Human Rights Front can do is tell citizens to stay safe, from the bottom of our hearts.”

DIPLOMAT

Oct. 16 “East Turkistan, West Papua and an Extraordinary Game of Football

… In 2018 also, Radio Free Asia’s Uyghur Service reported the disappearance of Erfan Hezim into an internment camp.

TIMES HERALD ONLINE

Oct. 14 “OPINION: Another view: Finally some consequences for China’s concentration camps

… The targets included Hikvision and Dahua Technology, global leaders in video surveillance products; voice recognition software maker iFlytek; artificial intelligence firms SenseTime, Yitu Technologies and Megvii Technology; Xiamen Meiya Pico Information, which specializes in forensic data analysis; and nanotechnology company Yixin Science and Technology, according to Radio Free Asia.

WALL STREET JOURNAL (Also in WASHINGTON POST, YAHOO FINANCE, THE TIMES)

Oct. 14 “China Broadens Data Collection Through Propaganda App and Translation Service

… The report was commissioned by the Open Technology Fund of U.S.-financed Radio Free Asia.

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW

Oct. 14 “Cambodian opposition icon vows return and million-strong welcome

… Hun Sen has given no indication of compromise. Speaking at a graduation ceremony Monday, he said he ordered the military to prevent CNRP leaders from returning. "Attack them wherever you see them. You don't need arrest warrants at all," he said, according to Radio Free Asia.

VOICE OF AMERICA (Also in EPOCH TIMES, TIMES OF INDIA)

Oct. 14 “Indian Officials Arrest VOA and RFA Freelancers

… A freelancer for Radio Free Asia's Tibetan service was also detained. Both VOA and RFA are part of the U.S. Agency for Global Media.

JOONGANG DAILY (Also in KOREA HERALD)

Oct. 12 “Pyongyang lashes out, State Dept. issues caution

“As we have said before, we call on the DPRK to refrain from provocations, abide by their obligations under UN Security Council resolutions and remain engaged in substantive and sustained negotiations to do their part to ensure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and achieve denuclearization,” the State Department was quoted as saying in a Radio Free Asia report published Thursday.

BBC

Oct. 11 “China and US wage duelling 'hearts and minds' campaigns

… In turn, US officials broadcast their views on policy issues through Mandarin and Cantonese programmes on Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.

WASHINGTON POST

Oct. 10 “Finally, some consequences for China’s concentration camps

… The targets included Hikvision and Dahua Technology, global leaders in video surveillance products; voice recognition software maker iFlytek; artificial intelligence firms SenseTime, Yitu Technologies and Megvii Technology; Xiamen Meiya Pico Information Co., which specializes in forensic data analysis; and nanotechnology company Yixin Science and Technology, according to Radio Free Asia.

GUARDIAN (Also in HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, BURMA NEWS INTERNATIONAL)

Oct. 10 “Five-year-old boy among 30 Rohingya arrested for traveling in Myanmar

… Authorities told Radio Free Asia that the Rohingya, having left villages in Rakhine state where they reportedly faced violence and ethnic cleansing, were attempting to reach Malaysia.

ASIA TIMES

Oct. 10 “Vietnam a lonely island of resistance to China

… Most of the attendees agreed that Vietnam needs to change its foreign policy, including coming up with a proposal for further developing relations with the US, to rid itself of Chinese influence,” said maritime expert Hoang Viet referring to the discussions at the October 5 forum, according to a Radio Free Asia report.

KHARON BRIEF

Oct. 9 “Dandong Firm Markets North Korean Products for Export

… A warehouse operated by Dandong Import and Export was the subject of a March 2019 Radio Free Asia article, which reported that clothes produced in North Korea, which are affixed with the “Made in China” label, were stored at the warehouse before being exported to foreign countries.

ASIA NEWS

Oct. 8 “Hoa Hao Buddhists beaten by the police for opposing temple demolition

… Speaking to Radio Free Asia, he said that the police guarded the temple’s entrance on 5 and 6 September, refusing to let anyone go in.

RADIOWORLD

Oct. 8 “National VOA Museum Asks for Your Support

… Broadcasts have aired continually for more than 75 years, along with sister stations of Radio Free Europe; Radio Liberty; Radio Free Asia; and Radio Martí.

ASEAN TODAY

Oct. 8 “Will climate change spell the end of coal and hydropower in the Mekong?

… “In July this year, the Xayaburi dam was test-running electricity in the area near the Thai-Lao border, [accelerating] the unusual drought [conditions]. If Luang Prabang dam is built, I think the crisis will get worse,” an energy expert from Thailand’s Sarakham University told Radio Free Asia.

BITTER WINTER

Oct. 5 “Prisoners of Conscience Deprived of Rights to Medical Care

… In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Chinese human rights lawyer Tan Yongpei surmised that the reason the regime strictly controls Jiang Tianyong and doesn’t allow him to get medical treatment is that it wants to get rid of him and cover up the torture and persecution to which he had been subjected.

VOICE OF AMERICA (Also in CAMBODIA DAILY)

Oct. 4, 2019 “Cambodian Reporters’ Legal Limbo Traumatizes Their Families

… Her father, Yeang Sothearin, 36, and his colleague, Uon Chhin, 50, are the two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporters arrested in Cambodia in November 2017.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

Oct. 4 “Vietnam Asserts South China Sea Claims Amid Renewed Chinese Push

Radio Free Asia (RFA) columnist Carl Thayer said Vietnamese leaders face three options in dealing with Chinese assertiveness.

BBC

Oct. 3 “Can Boris Johnson ‘get Brexit done’?

… Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin were reporters for Radio Free Asia, and for two years they’ve been on trial for espionage.

COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS (Also in REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, IFEX, ARTICLE 19, ADHOC, ICJ)

Oct. 3 “Cambodian court delays verdict, orders new investigation of ex-Radio Free Asia reporters

Cambodian authorities should drop all charges against Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin and stop their campaign of harassment against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Today, Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge Im Vannak said he did not have enough evidence to make a decision in the espionage case of the two former reporters for the U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia, and ordered state prosecutors to reinvestigate the case and present it to a different judge, according to news reports.

REUTERS (Also in ASSOCIATED PRESS, AL JAZEERA, IRRAWADDY, KHMER TIMES)

Oct. 2 “Cambodian judge orders reinvestigation of spying case against reporters

A Cambodian judge on Thursday ordered a reinvestigation of the espionage case against two former Radio Free Asia journalists, saying he could not rule on their guilt or innocence without enough evidence.

YONHAP

Oct. 2 “North Korea, Venezuela forge cooperation agreements in military and technology

… Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro announced on Twitter that Diosdado Cabello, president of the country's National Constituent Assembly (ANC), signed the agreements during a trip to the communist nation last week, according to a Radio Free Asia report.

BRUSSELS TIMES

Oct. 2 “800 demonstrate in Brussels against People’s Republic of China

… Representatives of the World Uyghur Congress, the International Campaign for Tibet, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), the Belgian Uyghur Association and the Tibetan Community in Belgium, who gathered at Square De Meeûs in Ixelles before marching towards the European Institutions, reports Radio Free Asia.

PHNOM PENH POST

Oct. 1 “CNRP activists charged, others remain on the run

… The Prosecutors Office of the Pailin Provincial Court said: “The charges involve the actions of Ven Dara, also known as Puch, who gave an interview to Radio Free Asia in August.”

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