“I enjoy listening to different voices on your station. China has a repressive system that brings people up in a way that is not quite normal. Here in the city of Xining, for example, if you speak up against a city-sponsored sports event you would be branded a ‘counter-revolutionary,’ not just by the authorities but also by the people. I know that in the West people can express themselves freely and speak to journalists whenever they want. I envy them. Your radio station allows people to express their views. It’s wonderful. You have transformed me. I think that’s your biggest accomplishment.”
Retired gynecologist Gao Yaojie has struggled to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS infection routes, particularly in the central Chinese province of Henan, where she says blood-selling is still rife in poverty-stricken rural communities.
For several weeks recently, China’s bloggers, internet news sites and even state-run media chased a story that captivated millions of Chinese. A small brick house perched on a precarious island of earth in the middle of a huge construction site had become a symbol of individual property rights in the face of government-backed development projects.
At an annual human rights press award in Hong Kong, RFA won three of the four awards given for Chinese language radio broadcasting.