March 31 “Rainsy sentenced for defaming PM”
… Evidence included video footage and audio recordings of Mr. Ley being interviewed by Radio Free Asiain 2016.
PHNOM PENH POST
March 30 “Rainsy sentenced yet again for defamation”
… Sam Sokong, Rainsy’s lawyer, was also dissatisfied at what he characterised as the flimsy evidence – an interview with Radio Free Asia in which Rainsy aired similar views that was used to try his client.
TIME (Also in IRRAWADDY)
… “To achieve peace for all ethnic groups, everyone must work to understand and respect one another,” she said during a recent trip to displacement camps in Kachin state in Myanmar's far north, according toRadio Free Asia.
… North Korea could ask Russia to help organize a one-on-one meeting between its leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, Washington-based Radio Free Asia reported, citing US experts.
… According to Radio Free Asia on Wednesday, UK's Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Joyce Anelay - said authorities will investigate whether there's a credible threat to the safety of a British national or resident.
… North Korean taxi drivers are reporting on foreign customers for the government, according to the U.S.'sRadio Free Asia (RFA).
March 28 “UN to launch rights abuse probe in Myanmar”
… The mission will be looking into reports of murder, rape, torture, and arson by security forces in Rohingya Muslim communities in the northern part of the state during a four-month crackdown that began last October following deadly attacks on border guard posts blamed on Rohingya militants, Radio Free Asia reported.
… A lack of funds was cited as the cause of the shortage, Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday.
… Radio Free Asia and the Voice of America, the spread of radios and cell phones, and speeches by leaders of the "free world," should be used to counter the regime's insidious propaganda.
PHNOM PEHN POST
… A bogus Facebook status update declaring the country’s widespread support for the ruling party under the guise of a Radio Free Asia news post forced the outlet to issue a statement on Sunday clarifying that the status’s content did not belong to RFA Khmer.
… General Sopheak, the Interior Ministry spokesman, could not be reached for comment on Monday. But on Saturday, he told Radio Free Asia that the government would not recognize Mr. Sokha’s position, encouraging the CNRP to take its case to the courts if it objected.
… I recently had Mr. Yang, a coal miner from Hunan, the province where the former Chinese leader Mao Zedong was born, on my Radio Free Asia program.
March 26 “N. Korea expanding oil import capacity”
… Radio Free Asia on Saturday (RFA) said the oil terminal expansion at Nampo, situated about midway along North Korea's west coast, has been under way since October 2015. The report is based on U.S. commercial satellite photos taken on Oct. 4, 2015, and again on Oct. 4, 2016.
March 24 “North Korea’s Swanky New High-Rises Are Just As Terrible As You Would Expect”
… “Almost no one wants to live on the high-rise floors,” a Chinese businessman living in Pyongyang, toldRadio Free Asia. The elevators don’t work most of the time, there are regular power outages, and there is no running water on the higher floors.
… [Radio Free Asia] reported that according to statements made by the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang on March 20, Russia and China discussed the issue of dispatching workers during a joint working group meeting held on March 17 in Pyongyang.
YONHAP (Also in KOREA HERALD)
… "Choe met with Anton Khlopkov, director of Russia's Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS), in Pyongyang on March 15 to exchange opinions on Korean issues," Radio Free Asia said, citing a source in the Russian Embassy in the North.
… With Tibet Autonomous Region under lockdown till the end of politically sensitive month, the Chinese authorities have made Yarchen Gar Buddhist center inaccessible for all the tourists and foreigners, reported Radio Free Asia.
… Radio Free Asia, a private, non-profit corporation, reported Monday that 42-year-old Lee, who works at Wenshan Community College in Taipei, has a keen interest in human rights issues in mainland China.
March 23 “Appeal Court denies Kim Sok’s bail request”
… Sok had allegedly implied in an interview with Radio Free Asia that the government was behind the killing of political analyst Kem Ley - whose murder is widely considered politically motivated.
March 22 “7 in 10 people undernourished in N. Korea”
… According to the report released the previous day by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), some 18 million North Korean people, including 1.3 million children under five, are malnourished because of the socialist country's poor state food rations which lack protein and fat,Radio Free Asia said.
… "Air Koryo has also stopped selling the transfer tickets," Radio Free Asia said, citing Russian news media.
… The 24-year-old has been identified as Pema Gyaltsen, an unmarried native of the Nyagrong county and the sole breadwinner of a family of six. According to a Radio Free Asia report on Monday, nearly 200 residents of the county have since been taken into custody over the self-immolation.
… On Friday, Radio Free Asia quoted Mr. Chhay as saying that the CNRP would issue a five-point policy plan ahead of the June 4 poll “without stating this slogan,” indicating that the party was abandoning the phrase.
… "The two countries intensively discussed an issue involving the North's labor exports during a meeting of their joint working group in Pyongyang Friday," Radio Free Asia said, citing a Facebook account of the Russian Embassy in the North Korean capital.
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
… A 24-year-old Tibetan man has himself on fire on Saturday in a Tibetan region of Sichuan province, China, according to US-backed Radio Free Asia (RFA) and London-based NGO Free Tibet.
… In an interview with Radio Free Asia on Friday, CNRP lawmaker Son Chhay said the party was giving up the offending phrase, reversing the party’s earlier promises to stick with it.
STATESMAN (Also in DECCAN CHRONICLE)
March 19 “Closer reflection on the minorities issue”
… A few days earlier, Radio Free Asia (RFA) had reported that Uyghurs had been called to several meetings to confess their ‘crimes’. According to RFA, this was part of a campaign called ‘Revealing Errors’; the meetings were held in Aksu Prefecture “to uncover behaviour considered politically destabilizing.”
… Siegfried Hecker, a nuclear scientist at Stanford University who visited North Korea between 2004 and 2010, said, "Direct talks with North Korea is the best option for the Trump administration," according toRadio Free Asia.
… Thailand’s Appeal Court rejected the first appeal on Feb. 23, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.
March 16 “Detained activist wins China rights award”
… Su Changlan, 45, is the third recipient of the Cao Shunli Memorial Award for Human Rights Defenders, in honor of her work "promoting human rights at the grassroots level in China," Radio Free Asia quoted the Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) network as saying on its website.
… "The number was recently confirmed to be 439 via an analysis of satellite images of the communist country by Curtis Melvin, a researcher at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University in the United States, Radio Free Asia said.
YONHAP (Also in KOREA TIMES)
… "The Pyongyang office in charge of an ACM-ICPC preliminary contest in North Korea recently notified that it would not send students to the event this year," Radio Free Asia said, citing an ACM spokesperson.
… The Tibetan town of Rebkong in eastern Tibet has been under heavy surveillance since weeks ahead of the sensitive Tibetan Uprising anniversary on March 10, reports Radio Free Asia.
YONHAP (Also in KOREA HERALD)
… The comparable figure showed an upward trend in recent years with 36 in 2010, 39 in 2014 and 41 in 2016, but declined to 39 as Malaysia and Singapore recently revoked visa-free benefits for North Koreans this year, Radio Free Asia said, citing Henley & Partners' 2017 Visa Restrictions Index.
… "We're receiving applications for subsidies from organizations helping North Korean defectors as well as refugees and asylum seekers in three Southeast Asian nations," Radio Free Asia quoted the department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Affairs as saying.
… opposite from what we learn from the radio,” he said, comparing instructions from commune and district officials to the news he listened to on Radio Free Asia.
… Meanwhile, John Schilling, an engineering specialist at the U.S. Aerospace Corporation, said in an interview with Radio Free Asia on Saturday that North Korea is likely to successfully launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) within the next two years and deploy it by 2020.
March 10 “Thousands of migrants displaced in Kokang”
… According to Radio Free Asia, more than 20,000 people have fled to China, while civil society groups in Lashio said they have helped as many as 2000 migrant workers return to their hometowns.
ASSOCIATED PRESS (Also in BANGKOK POST)
… the BBC announced it would beam regular Korean-language broadcasts to North Korea, but it was not clear whether the loss of the Thai transmission site might affect those plans. The U.S.-government-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Asia already target North Korea.
… As this Post editorial points out, Cambodian leaders have warned Voice of America and Radio Free Asiato watch their step, citing as precedent the U.S. president’s recent banning of certain press outlets from briefings.
… "North Korea has ordered its overseas missions to forbid its workers dispatched abroad not to access the Internet via smartphones, with a warning of their recall and punishment when disobeying the order,"Radio Free Asia said, citing a source in Vladivostok.
… A government spokesman, noting how the White House had barred several U.S. outlets from a briefing, warned Radio Free Asia and Voice of America about their news coverage, which is quite straightforward and therefore threatening to the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
… Mr. Sok came to sudden fame earlier this year after a February 12 interview with Radio Free Asia in which he seemed to link the ruling party with last year's murder of political analyst Kem Ley.
CHRISTIAN POST (Also in CHRISTIAN TODAY)
… Protestant clergyman the Rev. Nguyễn Trung Tôn told Radio Free Asia in a recent interview that he and his colleague, the Rev. Nguyễn Việt Tú, were abducted in late February by who they believe to be plain-clothes security officers after they arrived at a local airport…
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
… The three brought gifts such as milk, and said they were there on orders from their superiors to “transmit messages” to Jiang’s parents, Jin told US-backed Radio Free Asia.
… Radio Free Asia (RFA) had reported that Uyghurs had been called to several meetings to confess their "crimes". According to RFA, this was part of a campaign called "Revealing Errors"; the meetings were held in Aksu Prefecture "to uncover behaviour considered politically destabilising.”
March 3 “Editorial: Team Trump’s ‘example’”
… In a Facebook post, he offered a veiled warning to foreign news groups operating in Cambodia, including Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, that they should “reconsider” how they broadcast.
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
… US-backed news outlet Radio Free Asia reported that authorities launched a citywide crackdown in Beijing on Wednesday on thousands of petitioners who had traveled there to make complaints against local officials.
… North Korea has suspended exports of rare minerals to China in a tit-for-tat move against Beijing's ban on coal imports from its neighbour, reported broadcaster Radio Free Asia (RFA).
NEW YORK TIMES
March 3 “Autocrats See a Green Light”
… It is noteworthy that foremost among Cambodia’s media targets are Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, United States-financed broadcasters intended to counter government-controlled news in foreign countries.
YONHAP (Also in KOREA HERALD)
… The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued no green-lights for applications for exports to the North during the fiscal year 2016 which ran from Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2016, Radio Free Asia said.
YONHAP (Also in KOREA HERALD)
… "A total of 11 member countries turned in their implementation reports by Feb. 28," Radio Free Asiasaid, citing an official at the Italian Representative to the United Nations. Italy is the current rotating chair of the council.
… According to Radio Free Asia two existing chemical plants in the town regularly pass the annual environmental tests yet still cause widespread pollution without any consequences.
… According to Radio Free Asia, officials in Xinjiang have made more than eleven million pounds available for people who inform them about Christians breaking the law.
… Another political analyst, Kim Sok, was arrested and jailed last month for implying that the government was responsible for killing Kem Ley on the Cambodian-language service of U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia.