April Media Highlights
… In an April 8 article, Radio Free Asia noted increased efforts to monitor Chinese university students.
… Thousands of protesters rallied in northern Myanmar on Monday (April 22) against revival of the suspended project, citing potential environmental damages and human displacement, according to Radio Free Asia.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
… Meanwhile, AsiaSat decided to drop U.S. government-funded outlets Radio Free Asia and Voice of America. They have been a thorn in the side for Beijing, beaming coverage of politically sensitive topics.
… On Friday, both AA spokesman U Khine Thukha and Colonel Win Zaw Oo of the Myanmar military’s Western Command denied any clashes had occurred in rural Buthidaung, as had been reported by Radio Free Asia.
… Radio Free Asia reported that North Korean soldiers and even pilots eat meat "only on national holidays," while subsisting on corn other days.
… "The normal religious lives of believers have been violated and obstructed, causing serious emotional harm and damage to their sense of patriotism, as well as causing social conflict," the statement read, according to Radio Free Asia.
ASSOCIATED PRESS (also in PREMIER)
…The website of U.S.-government funded Radio Free Asia, citing an unidentified district policeman, reported Tuesday that the three were detained for handing out religious materials without receiving official permission.
… North Koreans had to buy flowers and lay them at the two former leaders' statues or other structures throughout the country, according to Radio Free Asia on Tuesday.
.. The website of the U.S.-government funded Radio Free Asia cited an unnamed Luang Namtha police official saying that the three had been arrested but were not detained.
… A source told Radio Free Asia that the women formed a psychic collective called the Seven Star Group.
April 11 “Police rebuke corruption report”
… The National Police has issued a clarification letter regarding a Radio Free Asia broadcast reporting on the alleged corrupt practices of Major General Koeng Khorn, chief of Svay Rieng provincial police.
… However, he told Radio Free Asia’s Burmese service on April 4 that the KIA did not arrest the Lisu villagers.
… One of them was Gulchehra Hoja, a Uighur American reporter for Radio Free Asia whose family has faced apparent retaliation for her often critical reporting in the United States.
UPI (also in DEFENSE WORLD)
… Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said it was highly unlikely Taiwan would have actually purchased North Korean submarine technology, according to Radio Free Asia.
… The notorious mass games are scheduled again for April 15, regime founder Kim Il-sung's birthday, Radio Free Asia reported on Monday.
PHNOM PENH POST
… The Stung Treng provincial department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries rejected a Radio Free Asia (RFA) report which claimed that on March 27, there was a resurgence of illegal timber trafficking activities near the Lower Sesan II Dam.
… In an interview with Radio Free Asia, he said it is sensed in Washington, D.C., that a gradual and step-by-step approach is recognized as the only solution for Pyongyang's denuclearization.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
… Mr. Abulimiti lost contact with his parents and brother, a popular Uyghur singer, two years ago. Radio Free Asia reported in December that all three had been detained in a mass internment camp.
April 4 “The Renaissance Man”
… Staying in the U.S., he became involved in setting up Radio Free Asia’s Myanmar Service—from selecting the signature tune and insert music to writing news articles and others things—when it was planning to expand its coverage on Myanmar in 1996.
CBS THIS MORNING
… As a Radio Free Asia reporter in Washington, Gulchehra reports on what is happening back home.
… Meanwhile, Radio Free Asia reported that North Korean authorities have banned all unauthorized gatherings because it fears public unrest.
… On Saturday, Radio Free Asia reported that residents and environmental activists suspect that the government has been reducing the power supply so it can have an excuse to build the dam in Koh Kong province.
… According to a March 26 Radio Free Asia report, hundreds of thousands of people in Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture have been secretly transferred to other areas, but their exact destination is unknown.