RFA in the News (July 2017)

2017-08-11
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KBS WORLD

July 29 “RFA: N. Korea Conducts ICBM Test without Prior Notice

… The Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported Saturday that North Korea went ahead with its latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch, without giving prior notice to the international organizations overseeing the safety of ships and planes.

KOREA BIZWIRE

July 29 “No Internet on North Korea’s Latest Smartphone, Azalea 3

… Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on July 28 that Azalea 3, the smartphone launched by North Korea in the first half of this year, is known to have an outer appearance similar to that of the iPhone 6, but is devoid of internet service.

REUTERS

July 28 “Exile Uighur group condemns Italy’s detention of its general secretary

… Isa was stopped as he was walking with colleagues to the Italian Senate, where he was to have spoken on the restrictions facing Uighurs in China, Radio Free Asia (RFA) said.

KBS WORLD

July 27 “US N. Korean Human Rights Bill Addresses Excavation, Family Reunion

… Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Thursday that the U.S. Congress has proposed a bill seeking efforts from Washington to bring the remains of U.S. soldiers missing during the Korean War home.

PHNOM PENH POST (Also in CAMBODIAN DAILY and KHMER TIMES)

July 27 “Stormy trial for Kim Sok

… The analyst was hit with two lawsuits in February – one after appearing to insinuate in a Radio Free Asia interview that the government was behind the killing of popular political analyst Kem Ley, who was gunned down in July last year, and the other after publicly attempting to clarify the offending remarks.

KBS WORLD

July 26 “Chinese Envoy to US: Secondary Boycott Unacceptable

… Meanwhile, according to Radio Free Asia, Zhu Feng, director of Nanjing University's School of International Relations who also attended the conference, called on the U.S. and China to draft a joint contingency plan related to the possibility of a military clash over the North Korean nuclear issue.

BURMA NEWS INTERNATIONAL

July 25 “Family demands Tatmadaw release Hpakant man arrested last month

… A village administrator told Radio Free Asia that the bodies of Nhkum Gam Awng, 31, Maran Brang Seng, 22, and Labya Naw Hkum, 27, were discovered three days later with gunshot and knife wounds. Residents of an internally displaced persons camp reportedly found the bodies just four miles from a military post.

EPOCH

July 25 “Hong Kong Repatriates 43 Taiwanese Falun Gong Practitioners

… Another Falun Gong practitioner, surnamed Zheng, told Radio Free Asia, “They took our identification documents and photocopied all of them before placing our IDs into individual case files,” Zheng said.

DAILY NEWS EGYPT

July 25 “17 Ughyur students of Al-Azhar released following security check: university president

… Chinese authorities detained on Sunday a 12-year-old Uyghur for “political re-education” after arresting his parents upon return from Egypt five months ago, reported Radio Free Asia.

CHINA DIGITAL TIMES

July 25 “Liang Jing: Dilemmas of the Trump and Guo Dramas

… In the fifth installment in a series of Radio Free Asia commentaries on billionaire fugitive Guo Wengui, Liang Jing examines commonalities between the national circumstances that led to both Guo’s social-media fueled rise in popularity and Donald Trump’s divisive climb to political power.

INDIA TIMES (Also in INFO SECURITY, INDIA TODAY, BUSINESS STANDARD and ITWIRE)

July 24 “China Is Forcing Muslim Citizens to Install Spyware On Their Smartphones To Keep An Eye On Them

… According to reports from Radio Free Asia, authorities in the Xinjian province sent out a notice on the popular messenger WeChat last week, ordering citizens to install a “surveillance app” on their smartphones. In addition, they’re also supposedly conducting spot checks in the region, to ensure residents have the app.

KHMER TIMES

July 24 “Royal Academy denies serving political aims

… He said there were well known examples of biased organisations in the country, such as Radio Free Asia and Voice of America, which were owned by foreigners, and Bayon TV, which is affiliated to the ruling CPP.

KOREA HERALD (Also in INDEPENDENT JOURNAL REVIEW)

July 23 “China’s defector deportations create new breed of separated families

… His remarks coincide with a Radio Free Asia report Saturday that a group of five family members of a local Workers’ Party official had committed suicide after being apprehended in the southwestern city of Kunming by Chinese authorities, who were transporting them back to North Korea.

EPOCH

July 21 “Chinese Family Demands Investigation Into suspicious Death of Falun Gong Practitioner

… “The first thing we need to do is make them release my mother since she did not commit any crime in the first place. After what happened to my father, I worry about her safety,” said Yang’s daughter in an interview with Radio Free Asia.

MONEY MORNING

July 21 “Surf’s Up! North Korea Just Launched a Tourism Website in English

… Kim Yon Ho, a senior researcher at the U.S.-Korea Institute in the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, told U.S.-based Radio Free Asia yesterday that the website reflects North Korea's "intent to avoid its responsibility for Warmbier's death."

NY DAILY NEWS

July 21 “Surviving “Gentlemen of Tiananmen Mum on Chinese Nobel laureate’s death

… Gao left China in 1991 and was once a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies. He writes a column for US-based Radio Free Asia.

PHNOM PENH POST

July 21 “Rainsy warns CPP over law

… “It may declare in principle from the very beginning that the only individuals allowed to speak on behalf of the party are its leaders, permanent committee members and spokesperson,” Rainsy told Radio Free Asia from France, where he lives in self-imposed exile.

CHINA DIGITAL TIMES (Also in MASHABLE and SUPCHINA)

July 21 “Xinjiang Residents Forced to Install Spyware on Phones

… According to an exclusive report from Radio Free Asia, 10 Kazakh women from Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture were arrested for messages sent to a private WeChat group chat soon after they installed the app.

REUTERS

July 21 “Surviving Tiananmen "Gentlemen" mum on Chinese Nobel laureate's death

… Gao left China in 1991 and was once a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies. He writes a column for U.S.-based Radio Free Asia.

KBS WORLD

July 21 “US Senators Propose Bill to Increase Financial Pressure on N. Korea

… Radio Free Asia(RFA) reported on Friday that Republican Senator Pat Toomey and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen on Thursday put forward the legislation “Banking Restrictions Involving North Korea Act of 2017” or BRINK Act.

CHOSUN ILBO

July 21 “U.S. Congressman Slams N. Korean Slave Trade

… U.S. Congressman Ted Poe denounced the North Korean regime as "a slave trader" in its exploitative labor exports, Radio Free Asia reported on Wednesday.

SHILLONG TIMES

July 21 “US Committee Moves To Restore Aid For Tibet

… Noting that the Tibetan language services of ‘Voice of America’ and ‘Radio Free Asia’ (RFA) provide the only sources of independent information accessible to the people of Tibet, the committee recommendation provides USD 42 million for RFA, including funds to continue the Tibetan language service.

KOREAN TIMES

July 21 “Is N. Korea looking for next hostage candidate?

… Kim Yon-ho, a senior researcher at the U.S.-Korea Institute in the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, was quoted by American media outlet Radio Free Asia onWednesday as saying the site reflects the state's "intent to avoid its responsibility for Warmbier's death."

SOUTHSEA ASIA GLOBE

July 18 “Whatever happened to…Than Shwe

… Other military figures, however, have been unequivocal in dismissing rumours of his continued power. Min Aung Hlaing, who succeeded Than Shwe as military chief, told Radio Free Asia that there was “no influence whatsoever” being exerted by the former leader.

PHAYUL

July 15 “Chinese authorities shut down factories owned by Ragya monastery

… The Chinese authorities have shut down two factories run by Ragya Monastery in Machen County citing environmental protection as the reason, Radio Free Asia reported.

ASIA TIMES

July 15 “Are Chinese nationals being targeted in Laos?

… The individuals were workers for a logging company that was clearing land for a hydropower dam, reported Radio Free Asia, a US government-funded news agency.

CHRISTIANITY DAILY

July 14 “Hundreds Gather to Pray for Korean Canadian Pastor’s Release from North Korea

… This recent gathering drew more than 800 people, according to Radio Free Asia.

INDEPENDENT (Also in NEXTSHARK)

July 14 “Muslims in China are increasingly living under a police state, warn experts

… Just last week, hundreds of Uighurs were detain as they returned from overseas pilgrimages, according to Radio Free Asia.

UPI

July 14 “Report: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un spies on informal markets

… A source in North Hamgyong Province told Radio Free Asia a meeting in the city of Hoeryong on July 5was held, in abidance with Kim's instructions.

STUDY INTERNATIONAL

July 14 “Egypt rounds up scores of Chinese Uighur students to deport

… Egyptian authorities are arresting and deporting Chinese Uighur students on Beijing’s request to send them back to China, drawing the condemnation of several rights groups, Radio Free Asia reports.

LE MONDE

July 14 “Last Words to His Wife Liu Xia, Live on Well

… In June, Ms. Liu was taken to her husband's bedside, learning that he was suffering from incurable cancer. In a video broadcast by Radio Free Asia, she was seen dejected, crying to a friend: "I don’t want him to have a surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy"

CHINA NEWS

July 13 “Liu Xiaobo and his political proposition

CHRISTIAN POST (Also in July 6th)

July 13 “In This Country, If You Don’t Drink, If You Only Have One Wife, If You Don’t Worship Ancestral Spirits, You’re In Big Trouble

… Authorities in Thua Thien Hue province stormed the Thien An monastery in Hue last Wednesday morning to take down a cross, Radio Free Asia reported.

MYANMAR TIMES

July 13 “Govt still silent over Tatmatdaw’s complaint

… According to Radio Free Asia, U Nyan Win, who is on the party’s central executive committee (CEC), defended U Phyo Min Thein , saying there is no reason to take action against U Phyo Min Thein if the Tatmadaw accepts the truth.

INDEPENDENT

July 13 “Cambodian sand export ban won’t impact Singapore

… Singapore is not impacted by the Cambodian government’s permanent ban on exports of sand for construction and sand mud from Koh Kong province, the Radio Free Asia reported.

DIPLOMAT

July 13 “Does Taipei Still Hold Taiwan Is Part of the Republic of China

… Ironically, MOFA spokesperson Wang Peiling just confirmed to Radio Free Asia (RFA) that MOFA would not remove the webpage on July 11.

KOREA TIMES

July 11 “Russian oil imports surge in N. Korea

… In May, oil prices on the North Korean black market skyrocketed following a rumor that China may cease to supply oil to the North, Radio Free Asia said recently.

DONGA

July 11 “N.K. people starve to death in local areas even during potato harvest season”

… Radio Free Asia, the U.S. news media outlet dedicated to North Korea affairs on Sunday, reported that a growing number of people are starving to death amid aggravating food shortages.

DAILY NEWS EGYPT

July 10 “Security official denies targeting Uyghur students in Egypt

… In May, Chinese authorities ordered Uyghur students residing outside China to return to their hometowns, in fear that students would engage in “anti-China activities”, reported Radio Free Asia.

ASIAONE (Also in NEXTSHARK)

July 10 “North Korea stalls found selling US animated films: Report

… In a report on July 9, South Korean news outlet Yonhap cited US-based Radio Free Asia (RFA) as stating that video stalls in the communist state have been found selling animated movies from the US.

BREITBART

July 9 “Vietnamese Police Detain 23-Year-Old Blogger for Anti-Government Propaganda

… Radio Free Asia notes that this young blogger has developed considerable stature as an activist, having been invited to participate in a leadership program sponsored by the U.S. government.

DIPLOMAT

July 8 “China’s Newest Censorship Methods on Display

… One district employee told Radio Free Asia that the campaign was taking place throughout the city.

HONG KONG FREE PRESS (Also in SHANGHAIIST)

July 7 “Friends of dying Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo ask to be allowed to visit him

… US-backed Radio Free Asia also quoted overseas writer Yu Jie as saying that Liu was receiving treatment at the hospital under armed police guard and constant surveillance by state security police.

YONHAP NEWS (Also in KBS WORLD)

July 7 “N.K. might have miniaturized nuke warheads for ICBMs: ex-IAEA official

… It is possible for the North to have held considerably elaborate and miniaturized nuclear warheads with less than 500 kilograms given its technology and manpower, Olli Heinonen, former deputy director-general for safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency, told Radio Free Asia.

YONHAP NEWS (Also in KOREAN HERALD)

July 7 “Poland calls on N. Korean Embassy to stop rental business

… "(Poland will) work out measures to block the North Korean regime from raking in profits from the illicit rental business by using its embassy buildings jointly with other EU nations, which are in the same situation with us," a Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman was cited as saying by Radio Free Asia.

EPOCH TIMES

July 6 “Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Wang Yu Remains Under House Arrest”

… “Their every move is being watched, and at least two security agents follow them whenever they leave home. There are surveillance cameras everywhere in the house, even in their bedroom,” Wen told Radio Free Asia.

CHRISTIAN POST

July 6 “Christians Face Persecution in Vietnam

… Authorities in the nation's Thua Thien Hue province stormed the Thien An monastery in Hue at 8 a.m.last Wednesday to take down a cross, Radio Free Asia reported.

ECO-BUSINESS

July 6 “Laos seizes cache of illegal logs allegedly owned by governor’s wife

… The source, who inspects timber in the southern provinces of Laos, told Radio Free Asia’s Lao ServiceTuesday that the 27 trucks of logs owned by governor Nam Viyaketh’s wife Seng Viyaketh have been held since May at the Phoukeua International Border Checkpoint, which regulates crossings into western Vietnam’s Kon Tum province.

PHNOM PENH POST

July 6 “Court denies analyst Sok’s request for bail

… Kim Sok was first sued by the premier after making remarks in a Radio Free Asia interview that Hun Sen says implicated the government in the assassination of fellow political analyst Kem Ley.

CHINA DIGITAL TIMES

July 6 “Jiang Qisheng: How I See Guo Wengui’s Leaks

… Jiang offers his analysis of Guo in a Radio Free Asia opinion piece, translated in its entirety here.

WORLD POLITICS REVIEW

July 5 “How Much Longer Can Hun Sen Keep Cambodia’s Opposition Down

… Threats to the media’s independence came just weeks after Hun Sen, speaking in Phnom Penh at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in May, criticized both the Cambodia Daily and Radio Free Asia, a U.S.-funded agency, accusing the latter of being a foreign agent.

CAMBODIA DAILY

July 5 “Kem Ley Memorials Planned in Capital, Takeo, Melbourne

… Invited guests include activist monk But Buntenh; Moeun Tola, director of the labor group Central; andRadio Free Asia journalist Huot Vuthy, known on air as Chun Chanboth, who fled the country in April amid fears for his safety after authorities charged him with falsely identifying himself to prison guards in order to visit CNRP prisoners.

YONHAP NEWS

July 3 “Major breadbasket in N. Korea suffers severe drought

… According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), a spell of dry weather has continued in the North's main agricultural land as the precipitation there dropped by 30-80 percent in January, compared with that in previous years, Radio Free Asia said.

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