A podcast where journalists from Southeast Asia and beyond share their insights on the week's news from the region. Radio Free Asia's Mat Pennington speaks with the network's reporters and local language broadcasters about their top stories and RFA exclusives.
Will the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan revitalize terror groups in SE Asia?
Eyes on Asia looks at how the Taliban takeover could resonate beyond the borders of Afghanistan. National War College professor Zachary Abuza discusses how it might revitalize terror groups in Southeast Asia. And RFA Uyghur Service director Alim Seytoff speaks about how Uyghurs in Afghanistan are fearful of cooperation between China and a Taliban regime eager for its diplomatic recognition and investment. Featuring RFA journalists Mat Pennington and Paul Eckert.
China and Vietnam duped by COVID misinformation
COVID misinformation has caused red faces in China and Vietnam this week. Eyes on Asia looks at how both nations were duped by fake news related to the pandemic that from the perspective of each government, proved too good to be true. Featuring RFA journalists Mat Pennington, Paul Eckert, Jane Tang and Son Nguyen.
A lonely, independent voice on Camboida's news media ethics panel
The authoritarian Cambodian government is forming a commission to monitor a segment of the population that already have their backs against the wall -- journalists. Eyes on Asia speaks to Nop Vy, the executive director of CamboJA, a journalists' network. He will be a lone independent voice on this commission that is intended to scrutinize ethical standards in journalism but is stacked with government officials. And Rita Cheng of RFA's Mandarin Service speaks about the new Chinese ambassador to Washington. Could Qin Gang's appointment turn a new page in the fraught relationship between China and the United States? Featuring RFA journalists Paul Eckert and Mat Pennington.
Two steps forward, 100 steps back in Myanmar
It has been six months since the Myanmar military’s Feb. 1 coup that all but erased democracy and human rights progress made in the country since 2011. RFA Myanmar journalist Kyaw Min Htun brings us up to date on how things are looking for journalists living under junta rule. Then Simon Billenness, Executive Director of the International Campaign for the Rohingya, draws on his 25 years of experience working on Myanmar issues to compare the current situation with the earlier military regime that imprisoned the country’s leader in the 1990s. With RFA journalists Paul Eckert and Eugene Whong.
'Seditious' children's book censored in Hong Kong
Hong Kong arrested the publishers of a "seditious sheep" children's book in the latest sign of stultifying repression in a once vibrant city. RFA Cantonese journalist Carmen Wu (3:23) tells Eyes on Asia about deepening censorship and about the trend of people trying to leave Hong Kong or get their kids out to avoid political indoctrination.
Then RFA Vietnamese journalist Son Nguyen (14:50) discusses growing public frustration in Vietnam about over-zealous enforcement of anti-COVID measures and failures in the vaccination campaign. With RFA journalists Mat Pennington and Paul Eckert.
US tightens the screw on China over Uyghur crackdown
In the six months since outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a determination that China’s treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang met the definition of genocide, Washington has ramped up policies aimed at making China change course in the vast, troubled region -- restricting exports suspected of being made with Uyghur forced labor, blacklisting companies in the region, and pressing for UN and other international scrutiny on the Xinjing issue. What is the significance of this shift by the United States from symbolic statements of condemnation of China and support for Uyghurs to concrete actions? And what will come next? Eyes on Asia asks RFA Uyghur Service Director Alim Seytoff to explain the rapid succession of developments.
We also look at a COVID situation in Myanmar that is spiraling out of control. The health system was already in chaos because of unrest against military rule, and the junta has made matters worse by restricting oxygen supplies as the coronavirus spreads. RFA’s Mat Pennington speaks with a Yangon-based journalist about the deteriorating situation in Myanmar’s largest city.