… A source in North Korea told Radio Free Asia on Tuesday the state has designated the "viewing and importation of illegal video material as 'anti-state activity,' and the act would be punished accordingly."
… A source from the North Hamgyong province told Radio Free Asia: “All parents now have an obsessive desire to raise their children to become scientists.
… In response to criticism from the Overseas Press Club of Cambodia (OPCC), Mr. Kanharith called Radio Free Asia (RFA) on Thursday and said he had taken down the photo.
… Kade graduated in political science from Chulalongkorn and has been working as a journalist at Radio Free Asia focusing on environmental issues. Her main interest is in Laos and people living along the Mekong River.
… Radio Free Asia made the report, citing a photo taken on Dec. 9 by DigitalGlobe, an American commercial space imagery vendor, and recently made public on Google Earth.
May 26 “Stop attacks, or stop talks”
… According to a group sympathiser interviewed by Radio Free Asia, the BRN "believe violence is the path to independence".
… The act of seeking out diviners or providing fortunetelling services is now one of four major criminal acts, because engaging in the activities subverts the state policy of Kim idolization, Radio Free Asia reported Friday.
CHINA DIGITAL TIMES
Last week, according to the U.S. government-backed Radio Free Asia, domestic security officers in Guangzhou approached a number of local activists and other politically sensitive figures, ordering them to leave the city for six months until after Fortune magazine’s Fortune Global Forum in early December. A planned dinner gathering of activists that Tuesday night was disrupted by telephoned warnings of detention, RFA reported, and activist Wang Aizhong was held and questioned for several hours after the meal.
PHNOM PENH POST
… [Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker Chheang Vun] also attacked “foreign-owned” media organisations in Cambodia, including The Phnom Penh Post and Cambodia Daily, Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, as “tools” to “damage” the country’s leaders’ reputation.
… Multiple sources in North Korea's Yanggang Province told Radio Free Asia the statement was made on Saturday during a lecture, before an audience of state "subcontractors," at the meeting room of the Yanggang Provincial Party Committee.
… The list includes luxury products mainly related to sports and recreation, said Radio Free Asia, adding that Russia has notified the committee of its decision to limit their direct and indirect export and transportation to the North on May 3, Radio Free Asia said.
Russian media outlets have widely reported that the ‘Blue Whale’ suicide game has been responsible for more than 130 suicides in Russia has been widely spread via tabloids in different countries, including China, though news outlets including Radio Free Asia, Meduza and fact-checking website Snopes have pointed out that the claim has not been proven and may be overblown.
PHNOM PENH POST
… “He thinks he made a mistake in allowing Sam Rainsy back,” Adams said in an interview with Radio Free Asia in December.
The Japanese government has stepped up its efforts to help Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea who are believed to still be in that country, by starting a new radio program as part of Radio Free Asia (see below), which is affiliated with the U.S. government.
May 22 “China’s Next Internet Crackdown
Last month, Radio Free Asia reported that as local governments in Hebei and Guangdong provinces stepped up monitoring of public WiFi hotspots, a free mobile application called WiFi Master Key — which encrypts user activity — was downloaded over 900 million times.”
… "Not only are they exempt from military service for 10 years, they also receive good housing and live a stable life," one North Korea source toldRadio Free Asia.
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
… An unnamed source in Fuyu city’s health organs told US-backed Radio Free Asia that the authorities were restricting information, and that even medical workers did not know how many students in total were affected.
… Police apprehended Tin Lin Htike and Tin Htay Aung who were involved in the incident in Mingala Taungnyunt township in the east-central part of the city, Radio Free Asia reported.
… The North's armed forces ministry ordered the army to take steps to protect gallery strongholds from air raids in mid-April, Radio Free Asia (RFA) said, citing the Osaka-based North Korea specialist news organ Asia Press.
… Human rights lawyer Li Heping, formerly youthful and robust, looked markedly different and almost unrecognizable after being imprisoned and tortured. (Radio Free Asia)
NEW YORK TIMES
May 17 “Why do we appease North Korea?”
… Yet the United States budget for radio broadcasting into North Korea via Voice of America and Radio Free Asia has diminished over the past decade. Such broadcasts make a difference: Approximately three-quarters of North Koreans who fled to freedom in the South in 2009 had been exposed to foreign media.
UPI (Also in YONHAP)
… It may be a sign Kim Jong Un is pleased with a class of professionals who have contributed the most to Pyongyang's burgeoning nuclear weapons and missile programs, Radio Free Asia reported.
A source in North Korea's Yanggang Province told RFA North Koreans who major in the natural sciences are now exempt from the state's 10-year military conscription.
YONHAP (Also in KOREA HERALD)
… According to the 2017 Global Report on Food Crisis recently released jointly by the FAO and WFP, 4.4 million, or 17 percent of the total 25.3 million people in the North, are in IPC Phase 3 or worse situations, Radio Free Asia said
… The IMO, which governs the safety of shipping worldwide as a specialized arm of the U.N., has received no notice on the test-fire from the North in advance according to Radio Free Asia (RFA), which cited an IMO public relations official.
THE TIBET POST
… Radio Free Asia (RFA) has reported that a 16-year old student from Gansu in eastern Tibet set himself on fire in protest of Chinese rule on May 2nd.
VOICE OF AMERICA
… Radio Free Asia (RFA) says the government order was dated May 8 and publicly released the following day. It said the ministry has taken note of the existence of forest and land-clearing, as well as the seizure of forest land for private ownership.
DIPLOMAT (Also in ASIAN CORRESPONDENT)
… You work for Radio Free Asia (RFA), which is a radio against the government. And you write for Cambodia Daily, which opposes me all the time,” he told the forum, adding that journalists who reported for either outlet were the “servants of foreigners.”
… Lobsang Gyatso, now 24-year-old was released from prison on May 10 and has reached his hometown around midnight, a source told Radio Free Asia.
… “The proportion of Uighur fighters to their total population is also too high,” Liu told Radio Free Asia (RFA).
… During a 37-minute media briefing with the premier on the second day of the international business summit, Mr. Hun Sen described Radio Free Asia (RFA) as “a radio against the government,” and said The Cambodia Daily was “opposing me all the time,” according to a live English translation of the prime minister’s statements.
… “There are [Chinese-funded] mines and deforestation, and the people are victims of those projects; they are victims of land grabbing and abuse, and China doesn’t give any consideration to human rights,” he told Radio Free Asia. “That’s why the Cambodian government likes to get loans from China, it is easy money.”
HONG KONG FREE PRESS (Also in EJINSIGHT)
… Protests escalated this week, starting Sunday, when Feilaixia residents marched to the Qingyuan municipal government offices, according to US-backed Radio Free Asia.
PHNOM PEHN POST
… Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison Director Um Siphan could not be reached for comment, but was quoted by Radio Free Asia as saying that Chanthan died after being sent to a hospital.
May 10 “Confessions of a human trafficker”
… “When I was in North Korea, I listened to foreign broadcasts such as Radio Free Asia and Voice of America. That’s how I know that people in North Korea are hearing my voice right now. To those listeners, I want to encourage you to be strong and wait for reunification to come.”
… “Living in the prison is like living in hell,” former Prey Sar inmate Kong Raya told Radio Free Asia. “Prisoners sleep on top of each other, with at least 30 people packed into each small cell, and they smoke hundreds of cigarettes a day, with everyone forced to breathe the smoke.”
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
… US-backed Radio Free Asia cited a Korla police officer as saying that the woman was detained because she uploaded a graphic containing praise for Allah.
… The local provincial government in Xinjiang is supposedly behind the order, which has left some students missing, Radio Free Asia reports.
UPI (Also in DONG-A ILBO)
… A Chinese diplomatic source who spoke to Radio Free Asia anonymously said the symbolic Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge that spans the Yalu River might be closed as part of sanctions.
… A 16-year-old student, chanting "Tibet wants freedom" and "Let His Holiness the Dalai Lama come back to Tibet", burned himself to death on May 2, Radio Free Asia's Tibetan service has reported.
… High-rise buildings in North Korea often have power failures and limited water supplies. A defector told Radio Free Asia last month that the new high-rises are likely to face the same fate.
… A source in North Hamgyong Province told Radio Free Asia the trend dates back to the era of Kim Jong Il, who ruled the country between 1994 and 2011.
… A witness to the incident said the boy yelled “Tibet wants freedom” and “Let His Holiness the Dalai Lama come back to Tibet” and attempted to run towards Chinese government offices as he burned, reports Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) Tibetan service.
… Radio Free Asia and Irrawaddy reported on May 6 that the letter was signed by La Nan, general secretary of the KIA.
… The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) called on the Chinese government to release Xie, who has reported torture during his incarceration,Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.
… A source in Yanggang Province told Radio Free Asia the shortage of chemical fertilizer in the country is "serious," and is an outcome of Chinese implementation of U.N. sanctions.
Khun Tun Oo, who won a second term in office, made this remark in his speech opening the third annual meeting of the Committee for Shan State Unity (CSSU) in Chiang Mai on Thursday, according to a televised report from Radio Free Asia news agency.
The journalist who had been leading Radio Free Asia’s (RFA) news operations in Cambodia returned to the airwaves on Wednesday for the first time since he left the country and a day after a court issued a warrant for his arrest.
… One recent example of Vietnam’s intolerance for critical media coverage is the arrest of Nguyen Van Hoa, a journalist, security trainer and contributor to Radio Free Asia who has been in state custody since January for “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the state.” Hoa covered stories about environmental disaster in Vietnam, including capturing video of a peaceful protest attended by over 10,000 people last October. Digital and human rights advocacy groups have called on the Vietnamese government to release Hoa immediately.
… China’s pressure on the North includes implementation of new trade sanctions. All cargo to the North is being checked at the North Korea-China border, a change from random checks, Radio Free Asia reported. The searches were conducted without increasing the number of customs officials.
… But sources in the country say the state has ulterior motives -- preparing the product as fuel for military use, Radio Free Asia reportedWednesday.
… In December, just one month after the 2015 election, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told Radio Free Asia (RFA), “State-owned newspapers are not working in accordance with democratic practices. But we will not change them overnight. We will discuss it, but we don’t want [it] to take too long. It will improve the country.”
… The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday stepped up its pressure on Radio Free Asia reporter Chun Chanboth by issuing an arrest warrant for him, hours after his lawyer submitted a written statement admitting Chanboth had joined an opposition delegation visiting Prey Sar prison, but denying that he concealed his identity to gain entry.
… The U.N. council should handle an issue to punish the North's human rights violations as well as its nuclear issue in order to realize justice and bring those responsible to the International Criminal Court, Param-Preet Singh, an international judicial advisor of the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), told Radio Free Asia on Sunday (New York time).
… The embassy began sending the message on Apr. 20, five days before the North celebrated the 85th anniversary of the Korean People's Army with a show of military power, Radio Free Asia said Tuesday.
… In an escalation of an evolving struggle over press freedom in Cambodia, Radio Free Asia confirmed its reporter Chun Chanboth had returned to the US and would not attend a hearing at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today, saying it feared for his safety and the politicisation of the case.