… They can then listen to South Korean stations near the border, or to shortwave foreign broadcasts like the BBC’s and similar ones from Radio Free Asia and Voice of America.
Sept. 29 “Time to talk to end N. Korea’s nuke crisis”
… According to foreign media, including the Radio Free Asia (RFA), Thursday, former U.S. government officials and diplomats are expected to meet with officials from North Korea's foreign ministry for informal talks in Europe in mid-October.
… "Officials at village, township and county level are confiscating all Qurans and the special mats used for namaaz [prayer]," a Kazakh source in Altay prefecture, near the border with Kazakhstan told Radio Free Asia.
PHNOM PENH POST
… Meanwhile, numerous radio frequencies broadcasting shows from Voice of Democracy, Voice of America, Radio Free Asiaand the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party have been shut down.
… High-ranking officials from the North's foreign ministry, former U.S. state department officials and scholars are said to be meeting in Europe in mid-October, Radio Free Asia said.
… Tibetans working in travel agencies here were told by authorities that foreigners will not be allowed to visit the region from Oct. 18 to 28, Radio Free Asia reported.
UCA NEWS (Also in DAILY MAIL)
… Uyghur, Kazakh and Kyrgyz Muslims were being told they must hand in the items or face harsh penalties, the sources toldRadio Free Asia (RFA).
HONGKONG FREE PRESS
… “He said that before [in the original sentence] they gave him four years for publishing eight messages – he said that he actually sent out about 70,000 messages; if they were to sentence him it should be for about 30,000 years – he said the sentence was too short,” Wang told US-backed Radio Free Asia.
NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW
… The move against The Cambodia Daily came just days after the information ministry shut down two Khmer language radio stations, Maha Nokor and the Voice of Democracy, which aired programs from the U.S. Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.
CPJ PRESS FREEDOM
… In 2014, authorities charged the journalist with "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" after she wrote about how authorities handle people who petition government officials, according to a Radio Free Asia article.
PHNOM PENH POST
… He added that the development had nothing to do with the closures of Radio Free Asia and the Cambodia Daily, and did not find fault with Fresh News’s strong pro-government lean. “This is the right of all media to take a stance . . . and it is their right as well,” he said.
… BBC Korea is part of a major expansion of BBC language services and comes after a grassroots campaign to get the BBC on air alongside South Korea’s KBS and two US networks: Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.
… “Radio Free Asia added, “In some cities, the cameras automatically take at least one picture of every occupant as a back-up in case of later criminal activity.”
… “Regarding the current situation in Rakhine State, it has never been good, even since we took office. However, the issue has needed to be handled more delicately, lately as it has received extra attention from the international community. It is more difficult to resolve any problem when all are watching it.” – Radio Free Asia
… Caritas Internationalis has decided to build nursing homes in Hamhung and Kowon in South Hamkyong Province, as facilities for old people there are far from enough, Radio Free Asia reported, citing the aid group.
… Hun Sen has forced off the air at least 15 independent radio stations, many of which carried relays from the U.S.-funded broadcasters Radio Free Asia and Voice of America, silencing their voices as a result.
… Professor Kim was an IT professor for 20 years in Pyongyang, and highly regarded in society. But when he illegally tuned in to banned radio stations such as Radio Free Asia and Voice of America.
Sept. 24 “A nation’s horror, and strength”
… In August, the Sen administration for expelled the U.S.-based National Democratic Institute and took licenses from Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, among others. The government cited registration and tax violations.
… Last week, the US-funded Radio Free Asia closed its Phnom Penh bureau, switching from an open, in-country radio broadcaster to an offshore model that mimics its operations in countries such as Tibet and North Korea.
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
… Cheng told US-backed Radio Free Asia that they got into a scuffle with a police officer at the detention centre when the lawyers attempted to record their interaction using cellphones.
APPS FOR PC DAILY
Sept. 22 “Protesters Try To Block Rohingya Aid”
… In a later interview with Radio Free Asia, Suu Kyi attempted to brush aside accusations that she was refusing to confront the military over the violence.
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
… Bao, who is 85, told US-backed Radio Free Asia that he was told of the arrangement by Beijing police on Saturday: “They just told me that, starting now, I should not give interviews to reporters.
… "We've never changed our stand," Suu Kyi said in an interview with Radio Free Asia, when asked if she had softened her stance on the military, which she challenged for years in her campaign for democracy.
… Then, on 12 September, the US-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA) was forced to suspend operations in Cambodia under what it described as a 'relentless crackdown on independent voices'.
Sept. 20 “Taiwan sanctions N. Korea for nuke test”
… On Tuesday, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs announced its independent sanctions against Pyongyang, which include complete bans on exports of liquefied natural gas, crude and refined oil, and on the imports of North Korean textiles, one of the key sources of hard currency for the Kim Jong-un regime, Radio Free Asia said.
NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW
Sept. 20 “A bad year for free press in Asia”
… The move against The Cambodia Daily came just days after the information ministry shut down two Khmer language radio stations, Maha Nokor and the Voice of Democracy, which aired programs from the U.S. Voice of America and Radio Free Asia media outlets.
… A source told Radio Free Asia’s North Korean service: “Chinese residents living in North Korea often make their living working as small-time traders or merchants, and they now have to attend security education sessions to learn what to keep in mind when traveling to China.
… It's more equipped to attack an area with condensed population rather than a small military base, he said on Radio Free Asia, adding that its circular error probable, or the distance by which a missile can miss its target, is estimated to be 5 to 10 kilometers.
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST (Also in FINANCIAL TIMES)
… Following the demise of the independent Cambodia Daily and Khmer-language radio stations, one of which was linked to US-backed Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, the potential for unrest has grown ever greater.
… Quoting a source in Ryanggang Province, Radio Free Asia reported on September 6 that an online lecture for North Korean senior officials was distributed on September 4, the day after the nuclear test, which claimed that, "nuclear weapons and missiles are the ultimate key to advance reunification," and "national reunification must be achieved even with the use of violence."
… Early this month, the government ordered an independent newspaper to shut down for not paying more than $6 million they allegedly owed in back taxes, arrested the leader of the main opposition party on allegations of treason and ordered over a dozen radio stations to stop selling airtime to Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.
SPUNTNIK NEWS (Also in NATION)
… Washington also rejected Phnom Penh's claims, criticizing the arrest, and what is reported to be a crackdown on media supportive of opposition parties, including an independent English-language newspaper and radio stations offering US state-run programming from Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.
WASHINGTON POST (Also in ASSOCIATED PRESS)
… Radio Free Asia announced this week that it was shutting down its operations in Cambodia, though it would continue reporting about the country.
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
… Speaking to Radio Free Asia, Wang Zongyue, a member of Lu’s legal team, told the US-backed radio station that Lu made a statement maintaining his innocence before the court.
… The U.S. Senate is reviewing a 2018 defense bill that includes a proposal to reconsider the relocation of submarine-launched nuclear cruise missiles to the Asia-Pacific, Radio Free Asia reported Thursday.
… Democracy activist Zha Jianguo told Radio Free Asia in late August that Beijing state security agents had already begun “asking me where I want to go on vacation during the 19th Party Congress.”
Sept. 14 “What the Latest Crackdown in Cambodia Means”
… The government is invoking specious tax bills or contractual violations to muzzle outlets like The Cambodia Daily, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and Voice of Democracy, which have a history of reporting on controversial issues like expropriation, deforestation and government corruption.
… This graphic novel provides a glimpse into North Korea from an insider's perspective by utilizing media outlets such as The Daily NK, Free North Korea Radio, Chosun Ilbo, and Radio Free Asia to construct the narration.
ASIA TIMES (Also in NEW DELHI TIMES)
… His arrest followed the government’s expulsion of a US-based non-governmental organization and the closures of The Cambodia Daily and local radio stations linked to Radio Free Asia and the Voice of America.
KBS WORLD RADIO
… Radio Free Asia reported on Wednesday that the bill stipulated extended deployment of U.S. strategic assets in the Asia Pacific region, such as its missile defense system and long-range bombers. It also called for enhancing military cooperation and exercises with allies in the region, as well as increasing arms sales.
… Meanwhile, Radio Free Asia has reported that the North Korean authorities carried out safety inspections of older buildings in Giljugun, North Hamgyong Province, shortly after the nuclear test.
… Radio Free Asia (quoting Human Rights Watch) reported on September 3 that at least 41 North Korean defectors and unspecified collaborators in China were detained over the prior two months of July and August.
PHNOM PENH POST
… Saktheara, however, told Radio Free Asia the difference in figures with Taiwan could be caused by differences in recording methods.
… Nyan Win, a party spokesman and Aung San Suu Kyi’s personal lawyer, voiced the views of many in Myanmar when he told Radio Free Asia: “I think everyone knows the Bengali. There are no facial features like Bengalis’ in our Myanmar, nowhere in the country.”
PHNOM PENH POST (Also in KHMER TIMES)
… United States-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia announced today it will close its Phnom Penh bureau and cease in-country operations citing a recent crackdown on independent media that has made it “impossible” to continue in the country.
… An English-language newspaper, The Cambodia Daily, was shut down after being accused of not paying a huge tax bill--an assessment it strongly disputed--and more than a dozen radio stations that broadcast dissident voices or used programing from U.S. government-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Asia were forced to stop broadcasting for alleged breach of regulations.
… Prior to the test, gasoline was sold for 13,000 North Korean won (US$101.24) per kilogram, Radio Free Asia said, citing sources who are in contact with North Korean residents.
… In addition to USD 15 million for Tibetan issues, the appropriations bill supported the continuation of the Tibetan service of Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.
… A March 2017 Radio Free Asia (RFA) investigation reported a similar trend, noting, “Private Chinese banks are beginning to close bank accounts held by North Korean nationals. North Korean laborers earning foreign currency in China have been issued an emergency alert.”
… At least 15 radio stations have been commanded to halt broadcasting programming from U.S. government-funded organizations Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.
… In August local radio stations were banned from broadcasting Voice of America and Radio Free Asia – two international news services funded by America’s government.
MYANMAR TIMES (Also in DVB)
… Ko Aung Ko Htwe’s present predicament stemmed from a complaint filed by Lieutenant Colonel Myo Myint Aung after he spoke to Radio Free Asia (RFA) about his experience as a child soldier in Tatmadaw, which was broadcast on August 10.
TIBET POST INTERNATIONAL
… Authorities set a deadline of August 23 for the nomads to move, and though most were able to leave by the assigned date, according to a source speaking to Radio Free Asia, “some did not meet the deadline,” the source said.
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
… The Independent Chinese PEN Center, of which both men are members, said in a statement that the two were roughly treated, and that their detention contravened their rights to freedom of expression, according to US-backed Radio Free Asia.
… The website of US government-funded Radio Free Asia reported that unrest occurred at the toll station Saturday night after the Muslim cleric was injured in a scuffle, and cited online posts as saying he had been beaten by a toll station worker after he tried to pass through a closed lane instead of waiting in a long line.
… On Monday, Ma Young-ae, head of the London-based International North Korea's Association for Human Rights and Democracy (INKAHRD), and some other INKAHRD members picketed before the North Korean Representative to the U.N. condemning the North's latest nuclear test and the Kim Jong-un regime, Radio Free Asia said.
… Both Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA) have Burmese services.
… "In the squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh, joining the Arsa is now becoming 'farj' - a religious obligation," Professor Zachary Abuza at the National War College in Washington, DC wrote last week, in a commentary for Radio Free Asia.
… At the same time, the government has been actively attempting to silence radio broadcasts, forcing dozens off the air; it is also pressuring radio station owners to stop relaying broadcasts of Radio Free Asia and Voice of America.
CPJ PRESS FREEDOM (Also in SBS)
… The Information Ministry has closed all local radio stations that broadcast the U.S. Congress-funded radio broadcastersRadio Free Asia and Voice of America outside of the capital, Phnom Penh, according to reports.
SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBE (Also in PHNOM PENH POST)
… The Information Ministry has banned radio stations outside Phnom Penh from carrying the US-funded Radio Free Asiaand Voice of America, two of the main Khmer-language sources of independent news in a media landscape dominated by government-aligned outlets.
… Civil society’s main allies, The Cambodia Daily, Radio Free Asia, Voice of America, Voice of Democracy, National Democratic Institute, etc., are under assault so they probably feel like someone’s punched them in the gut.
… The Khmer-language arms of Radio Free Asia and Voice of America have also been sent tax notices.
… An independent newspaper owned by an American family, The Cambodia Daily, said it would halt publication on Mondaybecause of a dispute over a tax bill of more than $6 million, and at least 15 radio stations have been ordered to stop broadcasting programming from the Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.
… In late August, American-funded radio stations Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, and the independent Voice of Democracy, who broadcast in the local Khmer language, were silenced for airing “outside programmes without requesting authorisation”.
… Aung Ko Htwe was arrested on 18 August after the military lodged a criminal complaint over an interview he gave withRadio Free Asia’s Burmese-language service about his life as a child soldier, forced into the Tatmadaw as a teenager.
… Voice of America and Radio Free Asia are two media organizations under the microscope of Hun Sen’s tax department, alongside the Phnom Penh Post.