Richard Richter,founding president of Radio Free Asia, dead at 88

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Richard Richter,founding president of Radio Free Asia, dead at 88

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Sunday, 08 July, 2018

Richter once said ‘repressive governments reviled RFA, because we were letting people know what was going on in their own countries – providing information that their own leaders would suppress.

Richard Richter, the founding president of Radio Free Asia who organised and led for 10 years its broadcasts to nations in East Asia that are subjected to government news censorship, died June 29 at a hospice in Issaquah, Washington. He was 88.

Richter, a former news producer for ABC television and WETA, the Washington-area PBS affiliate, organised a staff of technicians and news professionals who in 1996 commenced what became round-the-clock coverage of radio programming in Asian languages, including Myanmar, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Wu (Shanghainese), Tibetan, Uygur and Vietnamese.

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