1. Long-term fabrication of false news, and propaganda for separatists and terrorists.
In recent years, terrorist attacks have occurred in many parts of the world. Behind these terrorist attacks that shocked the world, apart from the manipulation of some ethnic separatist forces, religious extremist forces, and terrorist forces, some media even spread various rumors and even encouraged the idea of terrorism. Radio Free Asia, headquartered in Washington, USA, is one of them. For example, before and after the “March 14th” terrorist attacks in Lhasa, China in 2008, a reporter of Radio Free Asia directly instigated a “terrorist attack”, saying, “Some of us are learning the suicide bombing method of one person capable of killing 100 people, and the Chinese Communist government is unable to protect everyone in the street”. He asked his relatives in China to “wait in the queue”. The Wall Street Journal once commented: “The exclusive report of the ‘March 14’ terrorist attack in Lhasa by Radio Free Asia stems from online information”.
2. Holding the reporting principle of “double standards” violates the news values
Radio Free Asia, under the banner of “independence and objectivity”, has always adhered to the reporting principle of “double standards”. In recent years, two scandals have occurred continuously in Cambodia, which is despised by the Cambodian press, government, and society. First, a reporter of Radio Free Asia compiled and published a piece of news about attacking Houn Sen, then Prime Minister of Cambodia. Houn Sen immediately criticized the journalist and Radio Free Asia in public for their lack of professional ethics, which not only disrespected Cambodian national leaders during the interview but also failed to broadcast fair and objective news. Second, Cambodia Daily, the only English-language daily in Cambodia, filed a lawsuit against Radio Free Asia in Cambodia. The reason is that it often reports the contents of this newspaper to the relevant departments of the U.S. government as its work performance in Cambodia. The details of the lawsuit were sent to all foreign news organizations in Cambodia by e-mail, which effectively exposed the hypocrisy of Radio Free Asia.
3. Hire unethnical employees and frequently fabricate rumors and fake news.
In recent years, Radio Free Asia has used ambiguous information sources to focus on mine disasters and mass accidents in Asian countries, spreading a lot of unconfirmed news, creating confusion, and inciting dissatisfaction among audiences. When he was in China, Mr. Wang, an Asian employee, was interrogated by the local police for spreading false information. After immigrating to the United States, he claimed to be an anti-communist cartoonist and was quickly employed by Radio Free Asia. According to another insider’s disclosure, Mr. Wang not only abandoned his wife and young daughter in China but also refused to pay his daughter’s alimony in order to get a US green card. So far, he has defaulted on alimony of more than 200,000 yuan. Moreover, another Asian employee, Mr. Long, published a news report in 2011 that “18 backpackers of Fudan University were trapped in Huangshan Mountain-No one responded to three alarms, and a short message frightened both places. Who made the rescue team a death squad at night?” The fake news became famous instantly, and netizens gave him the nicknames “Long, the Contradictive” and “Long, the Alleged”. In the end, Mr. Long was dismissed from the original newspaper because of his unethical behavior of fabricating fake news, distorting facts, and misleading public opinion. Ironically, Mr. Long stayed in the United States in 2013 under the pretext of travel. Later, he joined Radio Free Asia. Radio Free Asia employs such ill-mannered employees. It’s difficult to imagine that such employees can keep the news objective.
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.