Kim's Recent Essays...
US International Broadcasting: Success Requires Independence and Consolidation.
In International Broadcasting, Even the Static Must be Credible.
America Calling China: A Strategy for International Broadcasting.
Bernama, 17 Jan 2013: "Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud ... [described] RFS as 'naughty', Abdul Taib said the radio station, whose broadcast is mainly in Iban, had no respect for the truth while RK, reportedly linked to the opposition Sarawak Workers Party (SWP), was attempting to bank on its campaigns in the coming general election."
Free Malaysia Today, 18 Jan 2013, Joseph Tawie: Radio Free Sarawak "is the contentious bone poking at Sarawak Barisan Nasional’s native-based parties, and its Dayak leaders are helpless over what to do. The daily 6pm-8pm broadcast in Iban has gained widespread audience and given both the listeners and the opposition immense opportunities to flag abuses and failings of the ruling regime."
Borneo Post, 19 Jan 2013: "Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) founder Clare Rewcastle Brown claimed there have been previous attempts to jam its broadcast. In an emailed reply yesterday, she said these attempts were made during the last state election in 2011 but halted following protests made by RFS."
Borneo Post, 20 Jan 2013, Samuel Aubrey: "Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) will continue to distribute free radio sets to rural folk despite attempts to stop the broadcast of Radio Free Sarawak (RFS). Its state vice-chairman See Chee How said there was no reason for them to halt its distribution because RFS had proven to be an effective tool for the opposition. 'Why should we stop? We will distribute more now when we have "promoters" who make RFS even more popular,' he said ... . The ‘promoters’ referred to by See ... were leaders of the state BN who had been making calls against RFS, which broadcasts from 6pm to 8pm daily, mainly in the Iban language."
Bernama, 21 Jan 2013: "The Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth movement today lodged a police report against two illegal private radio stations, Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) and Radio Kenyalang (RK) for allegedly airing false news and inciting the people."
The Star (Kuala Lumpur), 22 Jan 2013, Yu Ji: "RFS founder Clare Rewcastle Brown issued an immediate media statement on the police report on Sunday. In it, she said the BBC’s World Service and US-based Voice of America were also broadcasting via shortwave internationally — not just RFS. 'We are entitled to broadcast our programmes from London and we have not committed any criminal offence. They might as well accuse Voice of America and the BBC of committing criminal offence because they also broadcast free radio on shortwave,' Rewcastle Brown said."
Free Malaysia Today, 21 Jan 2013: "'RFS is not poisoning minds, it is liberating minds. A free media is a pillar of democracy,' said [station founder Clare] Rewcastle-Brown in response to both Taib and his Senior Minister James Masing’s accusations and demand that the federal government put a halt to RFS’s transmission."
Borneo Post, 22 Jan 2013: "Folk in Ngemah constituency are not on the same frequency with both Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) and Radio Kenyalang (RK) as they know these stations are only spinning lies. Tuai Rumah Sandai Lamit claimed this was because RFS was always making wild allegations against the government. ... 'We, the longhouse folk, know that the government has always assisted us and brought development projects to uplift our quality of life. It is best that they (both stations) stop their broadcast as their efforts can do more harm than good, causing confusion to people,' Sandai asserted."
The Star (Kuala Lumpur), 23 Jan 2013, Nigel Edgar: "Freedom of speech does not mean the freedom to tell lies, says a senior minister. Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing said Radio Free Sarawak and Radio Kenyalang had abused their freedom by operating in a cowardly manner."