… But Radio Free Asia pointed out that the very definition of “rumor” in China quite often refers to politically sensitive information that is proven to be true.
August 31 “Cross demolitions continue”
…“Xi Jinping requires the whole party and the whole country to bow down before him,” political analyst Gao Xin told Radio Free Asia.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency is making preparations for a bigger nuclear attack the U.S. mainland could suffer from North Korea, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday.
STRAITS TIMES (also in YONHAP NEWS)
… The non-governmental Cluster Munition Coalition released the report at the United Nations in Geneva on Thursday, according to Radio Free Asia.
KOREA JOONGANG DAILY
August 31 “U.S. blocked Nike from sponsoring joint team”
… The Radio Free Asia report did not explain which sanctions the U.S. government was referring to when it gave the red flag to Nike, but it appeared to be United Nations Security Council Resolution 2270, passed in March 2016 to denounce Pyongyang for a ballistic missile test. It bans UN member states from providing the North with “luxury goods,” including recreational sports equipment.
August 30 “[VIDEO] What’s behind China’s mass crackdown on Uighur Muslims?”
… Gulchehra Hoja: I learned in February that my aunt’s cousins, their children, more than 20 people had been swept up by authorities in the same day.
… As we document in our recent explainer on the situation, major media reporting from the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, Agence France-Presse, the Financial Times, Radio Free Asia, and more — in addition to research done by Adrian Zenz of the European School of Culture and Theology in Germany, and others — has documented a systematic campaign to detain and “re-educate” ethnic minorities, particularly Uyghurs, in Xinjiang.
… Tin was performing pre-Communist era love songs to an audience of about 50 people, including prominent rights activists Pham Doan Trang and Nguyen Dai, when dozens of policemen entered the Casanova Cafe and shut down the show, reported Radio Free Asia.
… Citing an annual report by the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, Radio Free Asia said the group has called for the U.S. Security Council to consider asking the International Criminal Court to launch a probe into the matter.
… In February, China imprisoned the families of four U.S.-based Uighur journalists at Radio Free Asia, apparently as retribution for their coverage of what’s happening in Xinjiang.
August 28 “China Is Treating Islam Like a Mental Illness”
… Here’s an excerpt from an official Communist Party audio recording, which was transmitted last year to Uighurs via WeChat, a social-media platform, and which was transcribed and translated by Radio Free Asia.
WASHINGTON POST (also in CHINA DIGITAL TIMES)
… I listened to programs like Voice of America and Radio Free Asia at night while wrapped under my quilt, the speaker pressed close to my ear at the lowest possible volume. Having had my freedom denied me by the Chinese Communist Party, the news of this upstart tech company risking lost revenue to do the right thing gave me real hope.
August 27 “Matters East Asian”
… On Friday, Radio Free Asia had a bulletin and an interview. “Gao Zhisheng, 54, disappeared just over a year ago from a remote cave dwelling in the northern province of Shaanxi, where he was being held under house arrest.”
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
August 27 “Australia: Press Vietnam To End Systemic Abuses”
…. Hua Phi told a reporter at Radio Free Asia that he thought the attack may have been related to an invitation he received to meet with Australian diplomats on June 25 in Ho Chi Minh City in preparation for the human rights dialogue.
August 25 “OPINION: John McCain spent his life serving the dignity of his fellow man”
… One of them wept as he heard the familiar disembodied voice on Radio Free Asia that had spoken in their defense address them in person.
… A day later, two journalists who worked for US-backed broadcaster Radio Free Asia received bail after 10 months of detention.
… North Korea plans to hold an international conference on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies in Pyongyang in October, US-based Radio Free Asia said on Saturday
According to Radio Free Asia, the 2018 World Population Data Sheet, compiled by PRB, also forecast the North's population to grow every year down the road and increase by 1.1 million more than this year to 26.70 by 2030.
… In one township, police told reporters from Radio Free Asia that they were expected to send 40 percent of the population, including nearly 100 percent of men between the ages of 20 and 50, to the interment system.
PHNOM PENH POST
“I will try to ask the court to drop our charges because we did not work for Radio Free Asia since it closed down in Phnom Penh,” he said, adding that it will be his next move after leaving prison.
Two Cambodian journalists who had worked for U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and are charged with espionage were released on bail Tuesday, a day after a pardon freed four land rights activists from prison.
REUTERS (also in AL JAZEERA, COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS, KHMER TIMES, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, NHK WORLD, PHNOM PENH POST, SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBE, CHANNEL NEWS ASIA, UCA NEWS, ORGANIZED CRIME AND CORRUPTIONR EPORTING PROJECT, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD)
… The two, who used to work for the Washington-based Radio Free Asia (RFA), had been in pre-trial detention since they were arrested in November and charged with espionage and producing pornography.
August 21 “China’s Problem with the Uyghurs”
According to Radio Free Asia, An orphanage worker told the broadcaster that Uighur children aged six months to 12 years were “locked up like farm animals.”
… A young Uighur man studying at a university outside of Xinjiang told Radio Free Asia that the government's crackdown on Uighur passports prompted him to flee the country.
… Ogyen Trinley Dorje put all the speculation to rest in an interview to Radio Free Asia in Washington D.C. – he has stated that he will return to India by November 2018.
COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS
Authorities beat Hoa, a reporter with Radio Free Asia, into making a forced confession used in court to convict environmental activist Le Dinh Luong, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison on August 16 on charges of attempting to overthrow the government.
The Kratie incident was shortly followed by another mass poisoning of 80 Phnorng indigenous peoples in neighboring Mondulkiri, as reported by Radio Free Asia.
… Nobody has heard from him since. His lawyers, friends, and family have all tried contacting him, but have consistently been denied access, Radio Free Asia reported.
August 19 “N. Korea smuggles tobacco products”
… "The smugglers used to sell a carton of cigarettes to China for 50 yuan ($7.20), but now it a carton is sold for 55 yuan," a source told Radio Free Asia (RFA) last week.
August 19 “How Cambodia’s prime minister rigged an election”
…This move followed weeks of tensions involving the expulsion of the National Democratic Institute from the country and the shuttering of 32 radio stations critical of the government, including the US-funded Radio Free Asia and Voice of America.
UPI (also in AL BAWABA)
… Le Dinh Luong, a veteran of Vietnam's 1979 border war with China, was arrested July 24 and accused of calling for a boycott of parliamentary elections in 2016 and of being a member of the U.S.-based Vietnamese opposition party Viet Tan, regarded by Vietnam as a terrorist organization, according to a report by Radio Free Asia, which receives U.S. government funding.
… The U.S. has been one of the few governments to at least pay lip service to *the need for change, through its support of a well-respected Uighur news service run by state-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia and a consistent line for years from officials and lawmakers.
… She was reported to be locked up in a psychiatric hospital where she was receiving “treatment,” detailed Radio Free Asia.
… According to one report, a close eye is being kept on the finest details: Ruling-party youth groups have been sent around the country to keep tabs on taboo haircuts, Radio Free Asia reports.
… This month Radio Free Asia, an American-backed broadcaster, published the transcript of an audio recording, which it said that Xinjiang’s branch of the Communist Youth League had produced in order to help explain the detentions to the province’s residents.
… Youth groups affiliated with the regime are said to have been deployed across the country to warn or detain citizens found sporting banned fashions or hairstyles, North Korean sources told Radio Free Asia.
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
… US-backed Radio Free Asia closed down its Cambodia operations and two of its reporters were later arrested and hit with the same charge as Ricketson.
CHOSUN ILBO (also in UPI)
… Radio Free Asia on Tuesday reported that the North has suspended foreign group tours and banned visits by foreign businesspeople until Sept. 5.
KBS WORLD RADIO
… According to Radio Free Asia on Thursday, Katina Adams, spokeswoman for the State Department's East Asia and Pacific Affairs Bureau, made the statement when asked to comment on Moon's speech.
… Yesterday, Radio Free Asia reported on a “Maoist labor campaigner ‘kidnapped,’ believed detained, in China’s Guangdong.”
… Radio Free Asia, a U.S.-funded broadcaster, has run a Uighur-focused service for 20 years; based in Washington, the 12-person team has used extensive contacts in Xinjiang to break major scoops on the crisis, including the first reporting on the existence of the detention centers last spring and confirmation of deaths in the camps.
August 15 “Can US firms invest in North Korea?”
… Citing independent research by Radio Free Asia, the E-Best report said Intel, Microsoft, Google, Dell, Starbucks, Ford ands Boeing didn't respond to questions about their plans, if any, for doing business in North Korea.
… Sources told Radio Free Asia in November that there are about 20 joint ventures run by Chinese and North Korean tobacco firms that manufacture tobacco products for sale domestically and across the world through smuggling networks.
… The two lawmakers also raised concerns about the regime’s arrest of the family members of reporters working for the U.S. government-backed Radio Free Asia.
PHNOM PENH POST
… Sok was placed in pre-trial detention on February 17 last year for comments on Radio Free Asia (RFA) over the murder of prominent political analyst Kem Ley, who was gunned down in the capital on July 10, 2016.
… Or, as a source told told Radio Free Asia, a Chinese official referred to the “reeducation” as “like spraying chemicals on the crops.”
CONVERSATION (also in MENAFN)
August 15 “How Cambodia's prime minister rigged an election”
… This move followed weeks of tensions involving the expulsion of the National Democratic Institute from the country and the shuttering of 32 radio stations critical of the government, including the U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and Voice of America.
Those detained include Uighur intellectuals and relatives of journalists who have reported on the campaign, including those of U.S.-sponsored Radio Free Asia.
TIMES OF INDIA
August 14 “China and its relationship with Islam”
… In 2016, Radio Free Asia reported that over 1,000 mosque were demolished in a span of three months in Xinjiang.
… According to a previous report of Radio Free Asia, conditions in Polish detention are essentially fair.
… "The soonest we will be able to go back to North Korea would be spring 2019 primarily because of the weather in North Korea," he told Radio Free Asia (RFA) in a recent interview.
August 13 “N.Korean Restaurants in China Poised to Reopen”
North Korean restaurants in China that shut down under sanctions against North Korea are preparing to reopen, Radio Free Asia reported Friday.
… The "Defend Mao Zedong People's Party" was banned shortly after the party was officially registered on August 8 2016, with key figures being imprisoned shortly thereafter, according to Radio Free Asia.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
… Radio Free Asia cited a Uighur source in 2014 claiming the attackers came from Hanerik township in Hotan prefecture, where 15 people died after a mosque closure led to protests and police action.
… "A trading company affiliated with the North Korean military has been smuggling electronic rice cookers out to China little by little since last year," a source in North Pyongan Province told Radio Free Asia last week.
August 11 “EDITORIAL China seeks to wage ‘unremitting struggle’ against the country’s intellectuals”
… Radio Free Asia, which published an account of the new drive, quoted a former official in the propaganda department as saying it was essentially an order to attempt mass brainwashing.
KBS WORLD RADIO
… Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported Saturday that the International Committee of the Red Cross dispatched a relief team to North Korea on Friday after verifying damages due to the heat wave.
NEW YORK TIMES
… Other prominent Uighurs who have vanished in the past two years, apparently into detention, include writers and website operators, a soccer star and a popular musician, according to Radio Free Asia and overseas Uighur groups with extensive contacts in Xinjiang.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
August 8 “OPINION: China’s Campaign Against Muslim Minorities”
… Radio Free Asia leads in reporting on this crisis. In retaliation, Chinese authorities have detained dozens of family members related to Uyghur journalists
… In a letter sent to investors on July 18, Orascom said a board meeting was held in April to discuss a change in the company's name, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
… "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.
… A Radio Free Asia report cited a person from North Pyongan Province working in trade as saying that there is a Russian company that fudges documents to disguise the North Korean coal shipped to the ports of Nakhodka and Vladivostok as its own.
August 8 “The Women of 1988”
… She also has had a career as a radio broadcast reporter for 19 years, with the Democratic Voice of Burma, then Radio Free Asia, and Voice of America’s Burmese service.
PHNOM PENH POST
… Rainsy continued his attack in an interview with Radio Free Asia, saying: “Hun Sen is a fake person. Look at him. Everything he does is fake. There’s no point in negotiating with a fake person.
CHINA DIGITAL TIMES
… Further narratives reveal that of the thousands of residents of Xinjiang’s Haniqatam Township that have been interned over the last two years, none have been released, Radio Free Asia reports.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
… Radio Free Asia reported that an internal review by Chinese drug regulators in 2016 showed 80% of data for clinical drug trials was fabricated.
… The UN, in a report released Tuesday, said that the most important issue pending at the UNSC is not easing North Korea sanctions but implementing them properly, Radio Free Asia reported.
… In an interview with the Radio Free Asia yesterday, Mr Saray said the accusation against him was politically motivated.
August 2 “OPINION: Ethnic cleansing makes a comeback — in China”
… U.S. citizen Gulchehra Hoja, a journalist for Radio Free Asia’s Uighur service, has had more than two dozen family members in China detained in the camps, including her elderly parents and her brother, who has not been heard from since his arrest last September. Many of her RFA colleagues have similar stories.
… Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on July 30 that authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong are holding more than 20 workers at a technology factory after they tried to set up their own trade union with the help of Maoist activists.
August 2 “Does rule of law have any future in Myanmar?”
When Aung Ko Htwe told Radio Free Asia (RFA) earlier this year of the brutality he endured as a child soldier, the Army responded swiftly. But instead of launching an internal investigation, it sued him for “disrespecting” the nation.
… This could, potentially, be seen as an indirect attack on Xi, whose personality cult has begun to resemble that constructed around Mao Zedong (Voice of America, July 16; Ming Pao (Hong Kong), July 16; Radio Free Asia, July 12).
INSTITUTE FOR WAR & PEACE REPORTING
August 1 “Are Kazaks Happy About Closer Ties to China?”
… According to Radio Free Asia, there are currently up to 120,000 ethnic Uighurs detained in several dozen centres in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
… The Karmapa told The Tibetan Service of Radio Free Asia on Monday that he has been discussing his return to India with the government in New Delhi after being in the United States for some 10 months.
OBSERVER RESEARCH FOUNDATION
… Last year, the Cambodian government forced The Cambodia Daily and Radio Free Asia to shut their respective offices.
… A minister-level official of North Korea is scheduled to give a key-note address for the fourth time at the general debate of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 29, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday, dimming the possibility of the North's leader Kim Jong-un delivering a speech there.
… In one town, Radio Free Asia reported that police were given the goal of detaining 3,000 Uighurs or Kazakhs a week who were critical of the government on social media or who just had family living overseas.