April 30 “Jail trip journalist flees country”
… Radio Free Asia journalist Chun Chanboth has fled the country after Phnom Penh Municipal Court summoned him over allegations he lied to gain access to opposition activists in prison.
… North Korea's local gas stations are operating normally despite reports of a sharp rise in the North's oil prices starting in Pyongyang and other cities, Radio Free Asia reported Sunday, citing Japanese news service Asia Press.
April 28 “Where is ASEAN on press freedom?”
… Meanwhile, in Cambodia, Pa Nguon Teang, of the Cambodian Center for Independent Media, told the Phnom Penh Post there was an oppressive trend, with government officials attacking outlets like Radio Free Asia (RFA) and Voice of America (VOA), and recently excluding them from media events attended by Hun Sen.
… Senior CNRP leader Mu Sochua was questioned for more than two hours on Friday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in the case of a Radio Free Asia journalist accused of falsely identifying himself during a prison visit last week with opposition lawmakers.
CAMBODIAN DAILY (Also in PHNOM PEHN POST)
… On Thursday morning also saw the release of a defiant statement from Radio Free Asia (RFA) saying Mr. Khin Vuthy, the station’s deputy director for Cambodia, was innocent and that the broadcaster would not be cowed by government pressure.
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
… Zhang was reportedly an anti-corruption campaigner who has spent time in a mainland prison, according to local media and a human rights group. He previously told US-backed Radio Free Asia that he was motivated to leave the mainland by the wife of Lee Ming-cheh.
… To begin to get a sense of this, consider some reporting released last week from Radio Free Asia (RFA), which interviewed people in Kor Koh commune in Maung district in western Cambodia’s Battambang province, where an upgrading of a health center had been planned.
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
… The occasion of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima’s 28th birthday was marked by groups in Dharamsala, India – the location of the exiled Central Tibetan Administration – with commemorative events, according to US-backed Radio Free Asia.
CAMBODIA DAILY (Also in PHNOM PEHN POST)
… Huot Khim Vuthy, a Radio Free Asia journalist, on Wednesday joined a CNRP delegation on a visit to imprisoned activists and former party officials in Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison.
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… Officials in the western region of Xinjiang, home to roughly half of China’s 23 million Muslims, have released a list of banned baby names amid an ongoing crackdown on religion, according to a report by US-funded Radio Free Asia.
… Two opposition lawmakers and the deputy director of Radio Free Asia (RFA) for Cambodia have been summoned by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning after authorities accused the journalist of pretending to be part of the CNRP delegation during a prison visit on Wednesday.
… Radio Free Asia reported on April 17 (local time) that the North Korean authorities are telling residents that the country is “untouchable” by the United States in an attempt to quell potential anxiety among the people.
… He told reporters as he left Insein that he would work to have Section 66(d) amended, Radio Free Asiareported.
April 21 “RFA reporter in hot water”
… The Ministry of Interior is considering initiating criminal proceedings against a Radio Free Asiajournalist accused of sneaking into the capital’s Prey Sar prison with a delegation of opposition lawmakers on Wednesday.
… An ethnic Chinese resident in North Korea told Radio Free Asia authorities have cracked down on foreign media in Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province.
… A source in North Hamgyong Province told Radio Free Asia the “vetting” of ordinary North Koreans has “made it difficult to even go outside.”
… He abandoned the group and on Friday said in an interview with Radio Free Asia that he planned to apply for political refugee status. But according to a statement from Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, Mr. Zhang flew back to China on Wednesday morning with his tour group.
… Identification tags of American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War have been traded in North Korea, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday, citing the leader of a civic body seeking to improve human rights in the North.
… Zhang said he was motivated to leave the mainland by the wife of detained Taiwanese rights activist Lee Ming-cheh, according to a Radio Free Asia interview.
… The ex-premier’s daughter-in-law later told Radio Free Asia the photo was taken “by accident” and Xaysana was only a casual acquaintance.
… Workers can now pay the party a de facto tax to be excused from their state employment and allowed to engage in small business, according to inside sources cited by Radio Free Asia and Daily NK.
… The monk set himself ablaze in a public square on Saturday morning in Kardze, also known as Ganzi, in western Sichuan province, according to Radio Free Asia and Free Tibet, an advocacy group based in Britain.
… According to AFP, published on Radio Free Asia, the ministry proposed the draft bill last month, and also prohibits the use of disguised apps for recording purposes.
… Members of North Korea’s second army corps have been placed under arrest for mocking the North Korean dictator, a source in the country’s South Hwanghae Province told Radio Free Asia.
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… This initial report was made by Radio Free Asia, although it is unclear how legitimate their information is.
April 14 “What’s behind Laos' China banana ban?”
… On April 12, Radio Free Asia cited local government sources as confirming that Lao government orders to shut down environmentally destructive Chinese-owned banana farms, first reported in Bokeo province in January, are in fact also in force in six other provinces in the Southeast Asian state.
VOICE OF AMERICA (Also in CAMBODIA DAILY)
… It also describes U.S. government-supported outlets, the VOA and Radio Free Asia, as "two die hard pro-opposition radio stations" that are broadcast nationwide without censorship.
… [A spokesperson representing one of the five ethnic parties negotiating with the government] told Radio Free Asia that several key ethnic organizations remained split on the decision to sign the government’s agreement.
… Yun Sun, an expert with the Washington-based Stimson Center, said that would be the most likely day for the North to conduct a nuclear test to maximize its political impact, according to Radio Free Asia,Monday.
… North Korea stole more than 100 million won (US$88,100) in the virtual currency bitcoin from 2013-2015 as part of efforts to increase the country's hard currency, Radio Free Asia reported Thursday.
April 13 “Kim Sok case poised to move to trial phase”
… In a February 12 interview with Radio Free Asia, Mr. Sok appeared to suggest the ruling party was to blame for last year’s murder of Kem Ley.
… A source in Yanggang Province told Radio Free Asia the project was finished but at a great cost to North Korean workers.
… China has shut out all South Korean cable TV channels in the country in apparent retaliation against the planned deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, in South Korea, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday.
… “I believe our people, and especially our athletes, won’t belittle my ability and that of the [ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP)] in leading Cambodia to host the SEA Games,” he said at a groundbreaking ceremony for the complex, according to Radio Free Asia.
… According to a source in North Hamgyong Province, North Korea has been mobilizing university students majoring in tourism to boost economic development, Radio Free Asia reported Monday.
… Refugees who did listen to radio in North Korea reported that they listened to radio sourced from KBS,Radio Free Asia (RFA), Christian organisation Far East Broadcasting Corporation (FEBC), Voice of Hope (VOH) and the ROK’s Korean Armed Forces.
April 10 “Myanmar monk arrested over football match”
… According to Radio Free Asia’s Burmese service, the pair were arrested following a complaint from a nearby military base.
April 10 “Opposition councilor held in land dispute”
… Tep Nheata, a provincial forestry official, told Radio Free Asia his department had filed three complaints against Mr. Chan Thoeun since 2014.
… In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Pastor Cao Sanqiang's mother confirmed that he was initially detained on March 5 and she has not heard any update for almost 30 days now.
… One was arrested along with his wife in February as they tried to board a plane for South Korea from Qingdao in the eastern province of Shandong, while the second was detained at a hotel in the northeastern city of Qinhuangdao, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.
HONG KONG FREE PRESS (Also in CHINA DIGITAL TIMES)
… According to US-backed Radio Free Asia, hundreds of people had been gathering in front of the school for several days since Saturday in protest of the way the matter was being handled.
… The measure marks the first time the Trump administration has blacklisted North Korea as a source of illicit financial transactions, Radio Free Asia reported.
April 5 “Peace process descends into farce”
… The same day, Nai Hong Sar of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), one of the new supposed ethnic armed group signatories, said in a Radio Free Asia interview that he was surprised to see the statement as the five groups Suu Kyi cited had not yet decided to sign the pact.
April 4 “'Lao connection' to Mr X arrested”
… Thai Pol Maj Gen Pornchai Charoenwongse, deputy chief of the Narcotic Suppression Bureau (NSB), toldRadio Free Asia by telephone on Sunday that officials would meet on Monday to prepare a "directive to travel to Vientiane to investigate Sisouk."
… North Korea began a wide-spread crackdown on illegal use of drugs last month, while establishing a new detention facility dedicated toward narcotics offenders, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported Sunday.