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#51363 - 12 May 07 08:21 TEMPO/China Asks Broadcasting Commission to Freeze 'Voice of Hope' Radio
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China Asks Broadcasting Commission to Freeze 'Voice of Hope' Radio
Friday, 11 May, 2007 | 17:22 WIB

Tempo Interactive, Jakarta: The Chinese Embassy asked the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) to freeze the 'Voice of Hope' radio program in Batam. The Commission received the request from the Counselor Minister at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Jakarta, Monday (7/5).

“They said the radio often broadcasts political propaganda by speading anti-China teachings,' KPI Chairman, Sasa Djuarsa Sandjaya, told Tempo, Tuesday.
The radio station owned by PT Radio Semesta Baru, said Sasa, was suspected of having spread Falun Gong teachings. In its country of origin - China – in the beginning Falun Gong was only a part of martial arts. However, the Chinese government believes that the teachings are misleading.

According to Sasa, the Commission cannot cancel a radio station's permit abruptly. The measure that is to be taken must first be discussed with the Foreign Affairs Department and the State Intelligence Agency (BIN). In addition, the Press Council's opinion must also be considered, whether or not the program's material is in line with the journalistic code of ethics in Indonesia.

The 'Voice of Hope' radio is community radio which has been on-air in FM 106.5 frequency. Around 50 percent of the radio programs' material is conveyed in the Mandarin language. “Half in Indonesian language,” said Sasa.

The Embassy of the People's Republic of China's Counselor Minister for Indonesia, Yu Hong Yao, stated he did not intend to interfere with Indonesia's affairs. “We are only informed that there is Falon Gong in Indonesia, “Yu told Tempo.

According to Yu, he agreed that Falun Gong's activities are only limited to health and well-being. “But if it comes to politics and defaming the Chinese government, then we don't want it,” said Yu.

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#51371 - 12 May 07 09:45 Re: TEMPO/China Asks Broadcasting Commission to Freeze 'Voice of Hope' Radio [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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I sure hope the Indonesian government doesn't succumb to China's pressure (tell them to go to hell).

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#51389 - 12 May 07 20:00 Re: TEMPO/China Asks Broadcasting Commission to Freeze 'Voice of Hope' Radio [Re: doremi]
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I sure hope the Indonesian government doesn't succumb to China's pressure (tell them to go to hell).

it would set a very bad precedent indeed if they caved in to china's demands.
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#52088 - 23 May 07 15:58 Re: TEMPO/China Asks Broadcasting Commission to Freeze 'Voice of Hope' Radio [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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they just need to pretend its the Australian govt and then they can tell them to fuck off...
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#52101 - 23 May 07 16:58 Re: TEMPO/China Asks Broadcasting Commission to Freeze 'Voice of Hope' Radio [Re: naga]
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Um, best not to go down this road Naga. I saw a cat once with a stumpy tail on Jalan Palatehan and I woke up the next day in Kramat Tunggak. Then I went to Lokasari. Etc.

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#52108 - 23 May 07 18:24 Re: TEMPO/China Asks Broadcasting Commission to Freeze 'Voice of Hope' Radio [Re: kenyeung]
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Which country hasn't caved into China's demands? The New Zealand government has, in terms of freedom of expression/speech alone, pandered (pardon near pun) to the Chinese by blocking demonstrations against Chinese officials and most recently barring an accredited parliamentary press gallery journalist, Nick Wang, from a press conference involving the Chinese vice premier. This process was initiated, apparently, not by the New Zealand Police (which would have been reprehensible in itself) but by an intelligence official from the Chinese Embassy.

I hold little hope for 'Voice of Hope', who, btw, are a bunch of complete weirdos.
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