RFA in the News (September 2020)

2020-10-20
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BAY AREA REPORTER

Sept. 30 “Pompeo takes anti-gay campaign to UN

…LGBTQ rights have not been a platform in past elections, but for the first time some political parties have placed LGBTQ issues on their platforms this year, reported Radio Free Asia.

DIPLOMAT

Sept. 30 “Opposition Leaders Testing Cambodia’s Chilly Political Waters

… “I will return to Cambodia to solve the economic crisis,” he recently told Radio Free Asia’s Khmer Service.

EXPRESS

Oct. 30 “Kim Jong-un betrayal: North Korea chaos as despot's own spies ARRESTED

… Sources told Radio Free Asia (RFA) authorities swooped on the group in Hyesan, a northern city on the border with China.

POLYGRAPH

Sept. 29 “As New Uighur Detention Facilities Emerge, China’s Denials and Disinfo Persist

… In January 2018, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that 120,000 Uighurs were being detained for showing signs of “extremism” and “politically incorrect views,” sourcing a security chief of Kashgar city.

EXPRESS

Sept. 29 “South China Sea: New data shows SHOCKING level of threat to free trade in contested waters

Radio Free Asia analysis of shipping data through the waters has suggested commercial shops have been avoiding certain areas, even though doing so results in longer routes.

UCA NEWS (Also in CAMBODIA DAILY)

Sept. 28 “Twisting the news: Hun Sen leaks stories in Cambodia

… Billed as TOP NEWS, it started on Sept. 21 when Fresh News reported that Chun Chanboth, deputy director of Radio Free Asia (RFA), had told the prime minister’s eldest son, General Hun Manet, that US intelligence monitored Fresh News.

DIPLOMAT

Sept. 25 “US Ambassador, Cambodian Defense Minister Meet Following China Sanctions

… An Embassy spokesperson later told Radio Free Asia that the U.S. was “hopeful that we can find a way to expand military-to-military cooperation.”

EURASIANET

Sept. 24 “Interview | Kazakh from China fights to free his family

… Zarhan made a number of video testimonies for Atajurt, a human rights organization in Kazakhstan, spoke to reporters from Radio Free Asia and sent appeals to the Chinese Embassy in Nur-Sultan.

VICE (Also in EXPRESS)

Sept. 24 “North Koreans Shot and Burned Missing South Korean Official, Seoul Says

… The notoriously isolated and secretive hermit kingdom said it had its first suspected infection in July, but later claimed it was negative, according to Radio Free Asia.

PLEDGE TIMES

Sept 22 “Warning sirens in China, Tibet in panic due to the roar of Rafael and Mirage in Ladakh

… On Saturday, sirens of defense from air strikes were played in Lhasa, according to a report by the Tibetan watchdog website Radio Free Asia.

FOCUS TAIWAN

Sept. 22 “China may be using Zhenhua database to target, exploit Taiwanese: scholar

… The data also contains information on 2,900 Taiwanese nationals, including former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), and Sophie Chang (張淑芬), the wife of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) founder Morris Chang (張忠謀), Radio Free Asia has reported.

EXPRESS

Sept. 21 “Kim Jong-un FURY: North Korean faces death by firing squad for petty crime

… A source at a law enforcement agency told US-government funded news agency Radio Free Asia (RFA): “In mid-August, a resident of Onsong county, North Hamgyong province was arrested on suspicion of espionage when a secret service agent of the local security department learned he had printed photos from South Korea at a local photo studio.

TAIWAN NEWS

Sept. 21 “Dissident says Stockholm syndrome a hurdle for reform in China

… Xi has further fortified his grip on power through maneuvers to cleanse dissent within the party in the name of fighting corruption, Cai said in an interview with Radio Free Asia on Saturday (Sept. 19).

NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW

Sept. 19 “US vs China: South China Sea drills centered on submarine warfare

… Government-funded outlet Radio Free Asia unexpectedly posted on social media a satellite photo from an American company, appearing to show the entrance of a Chinese submarine base on the island of Hainan, a home port for the Chinese navy's submarine force.

EXPRESS

Sept. 19 “Report: North Korea Intensifies ‘Ideological Education’ After Kim Portrait Found in Waste

… North Korea’s communist regime ordered inspections and “ideological education” across the ruling Korean Workers’ Party, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported Friday, after images of the Kim family were found in scrap paper.

ASIA NEWS

Sept. 18 “Xinjiang: 1.3 million people a year 'educated' in internment camps

A 9/11 Radio Free Asia investigation proves the opposite: at least three concentration camps, with more than 20,000 Uyghur prisoners, are still in operation in Uchturpan county.

US EMBASSY IN MONGOLIA

Sept. 17 “How the Chinese government uses language to oppress minorities”

The move has sparked protests and CCP authorities have arrested or forced hundreds of ethnic Mongolians to resign from public office, Radio Free Asia says.

TAIPEI TIMES

Sept. 17 “Taiwanese caught up in Chinese firm’s database

Radio Free Asia on Tuesday reported that at least 2,900 Taiwanese political and business leaders were among those caught up in the database.

NEW YORK POST (Also in EXPRESS)

Sept. 17 “Kim Jong Un rejects face mask shipment amid suspicions they were made in South Korea

… “The Chinese trader received an order from the North Korean company to send high-quality masks even if they were a little expensive,” he told Radio Free Asia, according to the Express.

ASIA NEWS

Sept. 17 “Private companies must accept the 'leadership' of the Communist Party

… Independent historian Feng Zhi told Radio Free Asia that the document opens the way to a centrally planned economy controlled by the CCP.

UCA NEWS

Sept. 17 “Persecution forces Laotian Christians to practice faith in secret”

… A Christian villager recently told Radio Free Asia that he had been scolded by an official over his Christian faith.

TAIWAN NEWS

Sept. 16 “US issued only 145 student visas to Chinese in July

The U.S. issued only 145 student visas to Chinese citizens excluding Hongkongers, compared to more than 20,000 in the same period last year, the Liberty Times reported on Wednesday (Sept. 16), citing Radio Free Asia (RFA).

NEW YORK POST

Sept. 15 “US bans imports of goods produced using slavery in China

At the same time, the European Union called for independent observers to be allowed to visit the region where up to 1.8 million Uighurs are being held to examine how they are being treated, according to Radio Free Asia.

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

Sept. 15 “Report: North Korea paintings being sold on Chinese e-commerce platforms”

Radio Free Asia's Korean service reported the works of state-commissioned painters of Pyongyang's Mansudae Art Studio can be found on popular e-commerce sites in China, including Taobao and Jingdong, also known as JD.com.

ASIA NEWS

Sept. 14 “Death sentences and life imprisonment for the villagers of Dong Tam

… The verdict had been expected, as confirmed by a family member interviewed by Radio Free Asia (RFA) who comments: "I had prepared myself for the worst".

EXPRESS

Sept. 14 “North Korea cover-up: Horrifying details leaked from hermit state - 70 dead in disaster

Radio Free Asia reports that North Korea is attempting to cover-up the apartment collapse in Wonsan as a way out of having to pay compensation to the survivors.

BREITBART

Sept. 14 “Chinese Tycoon Faces 5-10 Years in Prison for Insulting Xi Jinping

… According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), proceedings at the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court were as murky as ever, but the few observers permitted through tight security agreed that Ren seems to be headed for prison.

ASIA NEWS

Sept. 12 “Beijing is lying: At least three internment camps still operative in Xinjiang

… Their existence was confirmed to Radio Free Asia by two police officers from Uchturpan county, home of the offending structures

ASIA TIMES

Sept. 10 “North Korea’s social order hit by a perfect storm

… According to one Radio Free Asia source in the country’s northeast, due to strong winds blowing away all the trees, and the constant deluges, many roads in the province have increasingly started looking like “oceans.”

EXPRESS

Sept. 10 “North Korea horror: Soldiers collapse in agony and others flee as major event looms

… US-backed website Radio Free Asia painted a grim picture of the scene, with a North Korean defector living in South Korea saying: "Once you march in a military parade, which is a national event in North Korea, you will feel severe pain as if your intestines ruptured.”

INDIA TODAY

Sept. 9 “Someone out there doesn't like Twitter accounts critical of China

… France-based Chinese dissident and commentator Wang Longmeng speaking to Radio Free Asia said that hiring Li to work at Twitter was like hiring a fox to guard the hencoop.

PROMO MARKETING

Sept. 8 “U.S. Considering Action on Chinese Textiles and Apparel That Would Affect Tens of Billions of Dollars in Imports”

Radio Free Asia has estimated that at least 120,000 people have been detained in re-education camps

MAINICHI

Sept. 8 “12 Hong Kong residents stopped at sea to be processed in China

Radio Free Asia reported earlier that the group was trying to flee to Taiwan.

WORLD TRIBUNE

Sept. 7 “Tibet’s exiled leaders slam Chairman Xi’s call to Sinicize Buddhism

… China is now establishing Communist Party structures in all areas of Tibet “to strengthen their command, policies, and power, thus suppressing all the freedoms of Tibetans in the spheres of faith and belief, politics, the economy, and culture,” Jampel Monlam, a Boston-based Tibet analyst and former director of the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, told Radio Free Asia.

EXPRESS

Sept. 7 “'Death would be better!' Cruel Kim Jong-un targets smugglers with harsh punishments

… Military units and police have been ordered to open fire on anyone who goes within one kilometre of the 900-mile Sino-Korean border for any reason, the US-backed website Radio Free Asia has reported.

NEW YORK TIMES

Sept. 6 “Joe Biden’s China Journey

… The station went online in 1996 as Radio Free Asia and operates to this day.

NY DAILY NEWS

Sept. 4 “Chinese court rules against LGBTQ activist who sued over homophobic textbook

… “The content that I really want to complain about is only a small part of the evidence,” she told Radio Free Asia earlier this year.

VICE

Sept. 4 “COVID Has Made it Even Harder for Hong Kongers Fleeing to Taiwan

… He had contacted Taiwan authorities multiple times since last year, according to Radio Free Asia.

NEW YORK TIMES

Sept. 4 “Forget TikTok. China’s Powerhouse App Is WeChat, and Its Power Is Sweeping.

... As the coronavirus spread in early 2020 and China’s relations with countries around the world strained, she posted an article on WeChat from the U.S. government-run Radio Free Asia about the deterioration of Chinese-Canadian diplomacy, a piece that would have been censored.

VOICE OF AMERICA

Sept. 4 “Cambodia’s Plan to Establish Internet Gateway Raises Concerns

… The blocked websites included Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and Voice of Democracy.

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

Sept. 4 “Chinese officials will be brought to account for rights abuses in Tibet if I’m next US president, says Biden

… Biden added that he would also step up support for the Tibetan people, including by expanding Tibetan language services at US government-funded Radio Free Asia and Voice of America.

EXPRESS

Sept. 4 “Kim Jong-un humiliated as desperate North Koreans ignore shoot on site orders within days

… The measure was announced on August 27 in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. North Korean troops were instructed to shoot anyone who went within one kilometer (0.6miles) of the border according to Radio Free Asia (RFA).

UPSTREAM

Sept. 4 “Vietnam hatches new laws to punish illegal exploration

… The Regulations on Penalties for Administrative Violations in Oil & Gas — officially titled Decree No 99/2020/ND-CP — were adopted in the last week of August and reported by the Hanoi Moi newspaper, according to Radio Free Asia.

MERCATORNET (Also in PLEDGE TIMES)

Sept. 3 “China steps up repression of Mongolian culture

Radio Free Asia quoted a professor at Inner Mongolia University as saying: “If our language is wiped out, we as a distinct people will also cease to exist.”

FOREIGN POLICY (Also in AL JAZEERA, MYANMAR NOW, ASIA NEWS, ANADOLOU AGENCY)

Sept. 3 “To Fight the Coronavirus, Myanmar Needs a Cease-Fire in Rakhine

… On Aug. 31, Radio Free Asia reported that 620 people had been injured and 282 killed since December 2018, when the fighting escalated.

UCA NEWS

Sept. 3 “Opinions are dangerous in communist Laos

“… Even though the police arrested Sangkhane, other persons will follow in his footsteps and will speak for him,” a Laotian official who works for a non-governmental organization told Radio Free Asia.

NEW YORK POST (Also in EXPRESS)

Sept. 1 “North Korea reportedly orders police to shoot citizens who approach Chinese border

… The order will be in effect until the pandemic ends to prevent the virus from entering the region known for smuggling goods into the Hermit Kingdom, Radio Free Asia reported.

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