China’s enormous overseas spending has transformed it into a leading financial power across the developing world. China’s foreign investments have won it influence, allies and access to resources.
The Chinese Communist Party maintains tight control over broadcast, print media and new media. All television and radio broadcasters are state-run operations, and the internet is heavily censored and policed by a government-appointed task force. In addition to denying credentials for foreign journalists, the government routinely jams international broadcasting and blocks free internet access.
Goals and Priorities
Provide accurate information and appealing content. Help active news seekers better understand the Chinese government’s activities inside China and in the region in order to foster human rights, interethnic understanding and peace in the region.
Expand audience reach inside China and increase impact on young people interested in current affairs who may become China’s future leaders and social elite. VOA Mandarin will provide more unique and appealing content to satisfy their needs for accurate and objective news about China, the U.S. and Sino-American relations.
Expand digital offerings. Increase resources to digital and TV products, especially video and multi-media, including games and humor, improving their quality to attract and inform the next generation of Chinese opinion leaders and expand engagement in the region.
Continue to expand VOA Mandarin digital presence inside China and increase engagement with Chinese internet and social media users with in-depth reporting and discussions of U.S. policies, U.S.-China relations and American values in order to directly contribute to the pool of information and ideas in China.
Support marginalized communities.
Uyghur – Provide exclusive coverage of Uyghurs in the context of global Islam to expose China’s growing international influence and provide original materials for other China services to humanize Uyghurs and counter Chinese propaganda
Tibet – Provide multiplatform programming to support the preservation of Tibetan culture, religion and political processes. Provide the people of Tibet with a fuller and more comprehensive understanding of the critical issues and challenges confronting them today in order to offer an alternative to the Chinese state controlled media reports.
Special Programming and Coverage
Building on the success of VOA Tibetan television as the most viewed and trusted Tibetan language satellite TV station in an ever more oppressive environment for Tibetans by expanding its offerings, its reach and impact in order to provide Tibetans with accurate and objective news and information not available to them from domestic Chinese media, particularly concerning human rights, and religious freedom.
China Authorities in China indicted Uyghur professor Illham Tohi after his interview with VOA “became highly-viewed content among netizens who watched, commented on, and shared it, causing a serious confusion in public order,” according to the indictment. The interview was part of VOA Mandarin’s extensive coverage of the ongoing conflict in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region and the suppression of Muslim Uyghurs.
China’s Crackdown on Lawyers In July, the Chinese government began systematically raiding the homes of human rights lawyers and legal activists. Since then, nearly 300 lawyers and activists around the country have been either detained or disappeared. RFA reported on these cases, breaking news about several of them, including the recent arrest of rights lawyer Wang Yu’s 16-year-old son on the Burma/Myanmar border as he tried to escape to the United States
Cross Teardowns in Eastern China RFA’s Mandarin Service closely covered China’s religious persecution in stunning detail in the eastern Zhejiang province, which has a large number of Christians. Citing a new campaign against so-called “illegal structures,” government officials began tearing down crosses from churches all over the province.
China’s Nuclear Risks RFA Cantonese’s four-part multimedia series, “A Citizenry Left in the Dark: China’s Nuclear Power Industry,” follows up on RFA’s revelations in June 2010 when a nuclear power plant in close proximity to Hong Kong leaked radioactive material. Five years later, the majority of local residents interviewed by RFA at other nuclear power plants in southern China were only vaguely aware of nearby facilities, much less the health risks. In April, the series won the Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday The 80th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was celebrated with much fanfare all over the world in July. But inside Tibet, where simply possessing a photo of the Dalai Lama can result in punishment, RFA’s Tibetan Service received a video from a monastery in Gansu province, on the Tibetan plateau. In the video, monks had gathered to offer rituals and prayers in honor of their exiled leader.
Uyghur Mine Attack In November, Chinese security forces killed 28 suspects accused of a bloody September attack on a coal mine in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The attack was first reported by RFA’s Uyghur Service, which uncovered that many of the fleeing suspects were families, including women and children. Global outlets and human rights groups worldwide including CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, Le Obs, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch cited RFA’s report.
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