… Despite his eight-month detention between October 2015 and June 2016 for his involvement with Causeway Bay Books, according to Radio Free Asia Lam is determined to open a new incarnation of the bookshop in Taiwan as "a focal point for anyone opposed to the Communist Party regime in Beijing, its growing control of Hong Kong and its creeping influence in Taiwan".
… North Korean authorities have instructed its embassies and diplomatic missions abroad to intensively file reports about foreign new media reports and their host countries’ responses regarding the 2018 Inter-Korean summit, Radio Free Asia (RFA), a North Korea-specializing media outlet, reported on April 27 (local time).
… With multiple foreign-based stations targeting North Korean people through daily broadcasts, including South Korea's KBS, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and more, the authorities have grown more concerned about these programs reaching the ears of the people, leading to their deployment of powerful jamming technology.
… Last week, a defector told Radio Free Asia China had released 30 North Korean defectors instead of sending them back to their country of origin.
HONG KONG FREE PRESS (also in NEWSLENS)
… “There is no way that I am going to accept that Yu Wensheng fired his lawyers of his own free will,” Xu told US-backed Radio Free Asia.
PHNOM PENH POST
April 25 “Cambodia's press freedom ranking plunges”
… Radio Free Asia and Voice of America also had their in-country operations sharply curtailed in a widespread media crackdown in the Kingdom, and three journalists have been jailed on dubious national security charges.
… But reporting on this UN assessment, Radio Free Asia pointed out, quoting an official at a poverty reduction fund, that while this news is good for the nation’s image, underlying issues of poverty remain unaddressed.
… And Radio Free Asia won in the e-books category for “Drawing Fire: The Political Cartoons of Rebel Pepper,” which gathers about 50 editorial artworks from Chinese political cartoonist Wang Liming, who draws under the name “Rebel Pepper.”
… Earlier this year, Radio Free Asia reported that around 120,000 Uyghurs had been sent to these camps in just one region of Xinjiang since April 2017.
April 23 “US has no grounds to judge human rights”
… A day before the report's release, the State Department invited several Uighur journalists from Radio Free Asia to its daily briefing and smeared the situation in Xinjiang.
ASSOCIATED PRESS (also in DAILY CALLER)
April 23 “Denuclearization successes around the world”
… Shortly before he became Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton told Radio Free Asia that nuclear negotiations with North Korea should be similar to past discussions with Libya, which dismantled its rudimentary nuclear program in the 2000s.
… North Korea may have also relinquished control over food bonuses, because they are unpopular, according to Radio Free Asia and Japan-based Asia Press.
… In an interview with Radio Free Asia Tibetan Service, he denies all charges.
KHMER TIMES (also in PHNOM PENH POST)
… The National Election Committee last week warned that anyone calling for a boycott of the upcoming national election would be punished after Mr Rainsy first made the plea during a Radio Free Asia interview.
… The two used to work for the Washington-based Radio Free Asia (RFA), which broadcasts in the Khmer language, and which the government criticised for being biased towards the opposition.
… Speaking to reporters in Beijing, Stone said the U.S. was particularly concerned about the detained family members of six journalists — four U.S. citizens and two U.S. permanent residents who have reported on Xinjiang — working for Washington D.C.-based Radio Free Asia.
KOREA IT TIMES
… On March 29, 2018, the two scholars claimed that “the human rights of religious refugees should be protected” in an interview with Radio Free Asia (RFA) during their stay in South Korea before the Australia Conference.
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… Melvin previously wrote in the Korean-language Radio Free Asia that construction at several locations surrounding the airport had been observed as far back as October 2016.
YONHAP (also in CHOSUN ILBO)
… China has released 30 North Korean defectors who some feared would be forcibly sent back to the reclusive state, Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday, citing a defector who has taken asylum in South Korea.
… There are almost 58 000 Rohingyas registered with UNHCR in Malaysia, but it is estimated 90 000 Rohingyas already live in the country. [RADIO FREE ASIA]
… Radio Free Asia sources announced their findings after weeks of little-to-no developments, aside from Russia and Mongolia (both states notorious for employing North Korean workers), with others, declaring that they’ve expelled all appropriate DPRK personnel in compliance with Res. 2397, for example.
UPI (also in CHOSUN ILBO)
… A source in North Korea's North Hamgyong Province told Radio Free Asia the new apartments are being built in the Rason special economic zone, referring to a North Korean city bordering Russia.
… Radio Free Asia reports that the British government has renewed its travel alert for its Foreign Office employees using the North Korean carrier Air Koryo.
… Known locally as yeoksam, marijuana is grown in such quantity that smugglers sneak it across the border into China for foreign sale, according to Radio Free Asia.
… The United Nations has said it is in need of a US$111 million budget for humanitarian aid to North Korea this year, Radio Free Asia reported Friday.
… “I will not go into details regarding internal United States Government preparations, but a comprehensive, whole-of-government effort in support of the President is underway,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State was quoted as saying by U.S. Radio Free Asia.
… In October 2011, then Vice President of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Thura U Tin Oo, in an interview with Radio Free Asia called the Rohingya illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
PHNOM PENH POST
… The Tax Department’s legal team initially said the complaint was filed because Krisher-Steele spoke to Radio Free Asia alleging that the Tax Department had leaked the document and that it was a politically motivated case.
… Ms. Li, a college professor in Guangdong Province, told Radio Free Asia (RFA) in an April 9 interview that the Shen scandal reflected the extent of moral corruption in Chinese society and the Party bureaucracy.
… Hugh Griffiths, a member of the U.N. Panel of Experts monitoring the U.N. sanctions on North Korea, said there is a high possibility any art sales are violating North Korea sanctions, Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday.
PHNOM PENH POST
… It was published in reaction to an interview on Radio Free Asia with Panha last weekend, where he questioned the legitimacy of the July ballot.
… In a separate case last month, a former child soldier, Aung Ko Htway, was sentenced to two years at hard labor for telling the story of his abduction by the military at age 14 and his forced military service. He did so in an interview with Radio Free Asia.
… Last month, a former child soldier, Aung Ko Htway, 27, was sentenced to two years of hard labor after he described in an interview with Radio Free Asia how the military abducted him at 14 and forced him to serve as a soldier for nearly a decade.
… On Saturday, Rainsy issued a call to Cambodians to stay away from the polls if the Cambodia National Rescue Party were not allowed to contest, and Comfrel head Koul Panha questioned the legitimacy of the July ballot on Thursday while speaking to Radio Free Asia.
BUZZFEED NEWS (also in MOTHERBOARD)
… According to new research by a team supported by the Open Technology Fund under Radio Free Asia, the app Jingwang Weishi — which translates to “web cleansing” — records a phone’s identifying information, including its IMEI number, model, phone number, and manufacturer.
NEW YORK TIMES
… An outspoken Chinese student at the University of Georgia recently told Radio Free Asia that he had received a call from a Chinese security officer, asking him to inform on other Chinese students and activists.
April 9 “Cambodian opposition leader calls for election boycott”
… Speaking to radio channel Radio Free Asia on Sunday, the former leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) also asked national and international monitoring bodies to “refrain from ‘observing’ an electoral farce with a forgone conclusion.”
PHNOM PENH POST
… Local media outlets have attacked election monitor Koul Panha by publishing a letter to the editor claiming he had attempted to cause chaos during the 2013 and 2017 elections and was attempting to do so again when he spoke to Radio Free Asia last week on the legitimacy of the upcoming July ballot.
April 9 “Sokha’s lawyer denies meeting”
… During an interview with Radio Free Asia on Thursday, Mr Sokha’s lawyer Hem Socheat was reported to have said that he met his client in jail the day before, when Mr Sokha asked him to secure negotiations with the ruling CPP for his release from jail on bail.
… The decision was made Friday (local time) to implement the United Nations' latest expansion of sanctions against North Korea covering 27 vessels, one individual and 21 shipping companies, Radio Free Asia reported, citing an EU spokesman.
… “If the process goes according to the agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar and if the refugees filled out the forms according to the agreement, it shouldn’t be delayed,” he told Radio Free Asia in an interview.
CHINA DIGITAL TIMES (also in UNPO)
… Radio Free Asia, who have been closely covering the long-running crackdown, has reported that family members of staff have been rounded up and sent to the camps, an apparent effort to dissuade the organization’s continued coverage of the region—a tactic that Chinese authorities have used for years.
YONHAP (also in KBS)
… Britain has approved a new set of sanctions on North Korea that target ships and companies involved in alleged smuggling activities by the North, Radio Free Asia reported Friday.
… Multiple sources at different locations along the China-North Korea border say they have seen new groups of North Koreans, many of them women, arrive at factories, Radio Free Asia reported.
… Make no mistake, these are content wars. Using a combination of public diplomacy and new audience architecture, the U.S. could create 24/7 content driven channels (potential investments in Voice of America and Radio Free Asia’s Mandarin services, which deliver fact-based accurate reporting).
WASHINGTON POST (also in FOREIGN POLICY)
… The U.S. administration needs to press China harder over the detention of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs in “political education centers,” including dozens of relatives of reporters working for Radio Free Asia in Washington.
… A source told Radio Free Asia: “No reason has been given for why they are being closed, so there are rumors going around.
… Radio Free Asia reported on the crackdown ramping up again in March, including the story of a human rights activist who was prevented from picking up her child from school
KHMER TIMES (also in PHNOM PENH POST)
… The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the lower court’s decision to continue the detention of two former Radio Free Asia reporters who remain jailed on espionage charges for allegedly sending reports to the United States.
April 4 “The press freedom squeeze”
… The paper’s closure followed the shuttering of more than a dozen radio stations, including Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and Voice of Democracy.
… A North Korean woman was recently executed for killing her friend with an ax over a small amount of money, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Wednesday.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH (also in PRESS GAZETTE)
… Nguyen Van Dai told a reporter at Radio Free Asia that the men dragged him out of the taxi, beat him with wooden sticks on his thighs and shoulders, and then dragged him into their car where the beating continued.
UPI (also in YONHAP)
… Google is North Korea's search engine of choice, among the few online databases available within the tightly-controlled regime, Radio Free Asia reported Monday.
KHMER TIMES (also in PHNOM PENH POST)
…. A spokesman for Radio Free Asia based in Washington on Saturday said that claims made by Prime Minister Hun Sen that a former RFA reporter was a spy for the government were “ridiculous” and aimed at further undermining press freedom in the country.
April 2 “US holds key to peace treaty”
…. "They took the heavy oil shipments and yet did not dismantle their nuclear program. There's no way we should give North Korea a peace treaty," he said in an interview with Radio Free Asia last month.
… The Myanmar government, UNDP and UNHCR are planning to sign the memorandum of understanding, according to a Radio Free Asia report on March 30.