RFA in the News (June 2019)

2019-07-08
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June 30 “North Korea restaurant ordered closed, Myanmar says

… The North Korea-run Pyongyang Koryo Restaurant in Yangon has shuttered, and all 21 North Korean nationals affiliated with the restaurant have been ordered to return home, Myanmar said, according to Radio Free Asia.

KOREA TIMES

June 28 “North Korea vessel suspected of illegal coal transfer in Vietnam

… The ship, the Tae Yang, was presumed to have taken part in a ship-to-ship transfer of North Korean coal worth $1.6 million (1.85 billion won), Radio Free Asia (RFA) quoted Friday a report from the Royal United Services Institute as saying.

THE KOREA HERALD

June 27 “NK Businessman arrested in Malaysia, faces charges

… “The FBI made the request to the attorney general so we went and made a provisional arrest,” the source was quoted as saying by BenarNews, which is affiliated with US broadcaster Radio Free Asia.

YAHOO FINANCE (Also in COINTELEGRAPH)

June 26 “How Blockchain Could Decentralize the Music Industry

… The Apple App Store removed applications from its Chinese offering that discussed the Tiananmen Square protests, including The New York Times, Radio Free Asia and Tibetan News.

IRRAWADDY

June 26 “Press Council Requests Role in Case Against Journalists

… In April, the Tatmadaw sued The Irrawaddy and Radio Free Asia (RFA) for defamation under Article 66 (d) of the Telecommunications Law over their coverage of clashes between the military and the Arakan Army in the ancient town of Mrauk-U, in Rakhine State.

ASIA TIMES

June 25 “After building collapses in Cambodia, change must happen

… Only naturally we see Cheap Sotheary, the provincial coordinator for the human-right group Adhoc, telling Radio Free Asia: “Authorities carelessly allowed Chinese to do unauthorized construction. They don’t take any measures against the Chinese companies, so that creates suspicions of systematic corruption.”

PHNOM PENH POST

June 24 “Appeal Court rejects request of RFA journos to drop bail terms

Despite losing their battle in the Appeal Court on Friday to have their bail conditions removed, two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporters were told that they no longer had to appear at their local police station every month.

IRRAWADDY

June 24 “Tatmadaw Accuses Media of Unfair Coverage

… In April, the Tatmdaw sued The Irrawaddy and Radio Free Asia (RFA) under Article 66 (d) of the Telecommunications Law for their coverage of clashes between the military and the Arakan Army in the ancient town of Mrauk-U in Rakhine State.

IRRAWADDY

June 21 “Myanmar Military Sues 3 Reporters over Farmers’ Protest in Loikaw

… The Irrawaddy and Radio Free Asia (RFA) sought the Press Council’s intervention after the Tatmadaw initiated legal action against them regarding their reporting on the conflict in Rakhine State’s Mrauk-U in April.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

June 21 “Thailand: Authorities must investigate abduction of Vietnamese journalist

… After his release from prison in 2015, Nhat worked as an independent blogger and journalist, including serving as a weekly contributor to Radio Free Asia’s Vietnamese blog section.

KBS WORLD RADIO

June 21 “RFA: US Has No Immediate Plans To Provide Humanitarian Aid to N. Korea

… According to Radio Free Asia on Friday, the U.S. State Department says Washington has no immediate intentions to provide unilateral humanitarian assistance to Pyongyang.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH (Also in PHNOM PENH POST)

June 20 “Cambodia:  Drop Radio Free Asia Case

Cambodian authorities should drop the politically motivated espionage charges against two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists and quash the decision to put them under judicial supervision, Human Rights Watch said today.

PHNOM PENH POST (Also in KHMER TIMES)

June 19 “Hearing set for RFA reporters

The Appeal Court is set to hear the case of former Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporters Oun Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, also known as Sochea Meta, on June 21, on a charge of “Provision of Information Undermining National Defence to a Foreign State”.

PEN AMERICA (Also in THE GUARDIAN)

June 18 “Pen America is Appalled by the Tragic Death of Uyghur Writer Nurmuhammad Tohti

… Radio Free Asia reported that Tohti was denied treatment for diabetes and heart disease while being held in the camp and died from medical complications shortly after being released in March of this year.

ALL ACCESS MUSIC GROUP (Also in DEADLINE)

June 18 “2019 National Murrow Award Winners Announced

… Excellence in Video: RADIO FREE ASIA, The Women Against the State.

DONG-A ILBO (Also in UPI)

June 17 “Moon Chung-in calls for U.S. to release N. Korea’s cargo ship

… Moon said that he believes Washington should first return the Wise Honest, which is detained in American Samoa, to overcome the current stalemate in negotiations, according to Radio Free Asia on Saturday.

KBD WORLD RADIO

June 16 “US Stresses Close Coordination with Allies for N. Korea’s FFVD

… According to Radio Free Asia on Sunday, the department said that the U.S. will continue close coordination with its allies and partners to achieve the international community's common goal of the final fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.

NK NEWS

June 12 “U.S. offering million-dollar rewards for intel on North Korean sanctions-busting

… The program, first reported earlier in the month by Radio Free Asia and first publicized at the beginning of the month, aims to counter everything from ship-to-ship transfers of sanctioned commodities, North Koreans working overseas to raise money for the state, WMD proliferation, and foreign businesses linked to those activities.

BUDDHIST DOOR (Also in TRICYCLE)

June 12 “Mass Evictions Reported at Yarchen Gar Buddhist Monastery in China’s Sichuan Province

The state authorities in western China’s Sichuan Province have begun a new round of evictions at the Yarchen Gar monastic community in Baiyu County, Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, removing some 3,500 monks and nuns from the sprawling monastic complex, Radio Free Asia (RFA) has reported, citing unidentified Tibetan sources.

THE IRRAWADY

June 11 “Free Burma Rangers Will Not Be Allowed to Operate in Myanmar, Military Says

… Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that the FBR, a group founded by a former U.S. Army special forces officer, plans to assist displaced persons in Rakhine State.

CHOSUN ILBO

June 10 “N. Korea Suspends Mass Games

… The suspension comes amid rumors that the regime cannot handle the logistics of feeding thousands of performers, many of them schoolchildren, due to international sanctions, according to Radio Free Asia.

TAIWAN NEWS

June 9 “Taiwan’s Door Should Always be Open for the Dalai Lama

… Because, as Taiwan News reported earlier this week, it has now been suggested that far from being unable to attend, the Dalai Lama’s invitation may have been revoked by the office of Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen along with that of Uyghur Muslim activist Rebiya Kadeer. The story was first reported by Radio Free Asia and cited several credible sources who did attend the event.


HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH (Also In EURASIA REVIEW)

June 9 “Cambodia: Holding A Media Summit Without Media Freedom, Says HRW

… In August 2017, the Cambodian authorities ordered the closure of 32 FM radio frequencies across 20 of Cambodia’s provinces, particularly stations that relayed Khmer language news broadcasts by Radio Free Asia (RFA), Voice of America (VOA), and Voice of Democracy.

PHNOM PENH POST

June 7 “Armed police stand by amid Kampong Thom protest

… However, residents involved in the dispute told Radio Free Asia on Monday that some villagers have been in hiding for more than a week after the deployment, with some escaping into the forest in fear of arrest.

CHOSUN ILBO

June 7 “N.Korea Wants 3 Million Tons of Food or Nothing

North Korea is refusing to accept international food aid of less than 3 million tons, Radio Free Asia reported citing sources.

ONLINE CITIZEN

June 6 “Vietnam’s envoy to Cambodia on PM Lee’s online remark: We have not forsaken lessons of history

Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported yesterday (‘Singapore PM Stirs Flap in Cambodia by Bringing up Vietnam’s 1979 Invasion‘, 5 Jun) that the Cambodian officials are unhappy with a recent online remark by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, recalling Vietnam’s January 1979 invasion and decade-long occupation of Cambodia.

TAIWAN NEWS

June 6 “What does Taiwan President Tsai fear?

… Radio Free Asia interviewed Bob Fu (傅希秋), founder and president of China Aid; Umit Hamit of the World Uyghur Congress; Dawa Tsering, chairman of the Tibet Religious Foundation of His Holiness The Dalai Lama; and human rights lawyer Tung wen-hsun (童文薰).

PHNOM PHEN POST

June 6 “Cambodia government allows Voice of America to open a representative bureau

…The US embassy spokesman in Phnom Penh, Arend Zwartjes, confirmed that the officials had agreed on a roadmap for registering VoA and Radio Free Asia (RFA) in Cambodia.

ONLINE CITIZEN

June 6 “Vietnam’s envoy to Cambodia on PM Lee’s online remark: We have not forsaken lessons of history

… Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported yesterday (‘Singapore PM Stirs Flap in Cambodia by Bringing up Vietnam’s 1979 Invasion‘, 5 Jun) that the Cambodian officials are unhappy with a recent online remark by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, recalling Vietnam’s January 1979 invasion and decade-long occupation of Cambodia.

DONG-A ILBO

June 6 “U.S. puts up reward for information about illegal transshipment of N. Korea

… According to Radio Free Asia on Tuesday, the State Department announced to offer rewards for information that leads to the disruption of financial mechanisms of persons engaged in certain activities that support North Korea, including money laundering, sanctions evasion, cyber-crime, and WMD proliferation on the Rewards for Justice (RFJ) website run by the department.

ANADOLU AGENCY

June 6 “Anti-Muslim monk in Myanmar declared fugitive

… He is now with armed rebel group in Kayin state bordering Thailand, according to a report by Radio Free Asia Burmese service on Tuesday.

KOREA HERALD

June 5 “Pyongyang has 27 diplomats dispatched to UN offices: report

… According to Radio Free Asia, Pyongyang has nine diplomats -- including Ambassador Kim Song -- stationed at the UN’s New York headquarters, and nine -- including Han Tae-song, the ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva -- dispatched to Switzerland.

NEWSGRAM

June 5 “Vietnam Jails Bloggers and Journalists, Congress Members Urge Greater Freedom of Expression

… The report and the letter describe pervasive state control over Vietnamese media, the conviction of Radio Free Asia (RFA) blogger and videographer Nguyen Van Hoa, Voice of America (VOA) contributor Le Anh Hung’s wait for a trial, and the abduction of an RFA contributor.

CHOSUN ILBO

June 5 “N. Korean Pigs with Swine Fever Sold to Sausage Factories

… North Korean state farms are selling pigs infected with African swine fever virus cheaply to sausage factories, Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday quoting sources.

KHMER TIMES

June 5 “UN seeks to have RFA duo’s charges dropped

… The UN working group on Arbitrary Detention on Monday described the deprivation of liberty of two former Radio Free Asia journalists as being arbitrary and called on the government to drop charges against them.

ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION (also in TAIWAN NEWS)

June 4 “30 Years Since Tiananmen Square: The State of Chinese Censorship and Digital Surveillance

… Apart from VPNs, the Chinese Apple app store has also censored applications from news organizations, including the New York Times, Radio Free Asia, Tibetan News, Voice of Tibet, and other Chinese-language human rights publications.

TAIWAN NEWS

June 4 “Source says Taiwanese President Tsai revoked Dalai Lama’s invitation to Taiwan

… The administration of Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is accused of denying the Dalai Lama and Uyghur activist Rebiya Kadeer visas to visit Taiwan in May, reported Radio Free Asia (RFA) on Thursday (May 30).

KBS WORLD RADIO

June 4 “IOC Welcomes N. Korea's Intent to Field Unified Teams at 2020 Olympics

… Radio Free Asia reported on Tuesday that the IOC said it is glad that dialogue between the two Koreas’ respective national Olympic committees appeared to be gaining momentum.

FORTUNE (also in WIRED, BUZZFEED NEWS, BLOOMBERG, FORBES)

June 3 “Journalists Face Threat and Injustice Worldwide. These 10 Cases Are the Most Urgent

… Truong Duy Nhat, a blogger with the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA), went missing in January in Bangkok, where he had applied for refugee status.

KYODO NEWS (also in JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, BREITBART, EPOCH TIMES, TIMES, NTD, )

June 3 “China's Tiananmen Square crackdown remembered 30 years on

… Tiananmen Mothers, a group of parents whose children were killed in the crackdown and who have through the years been demanding justice for their loved ones, were being tightly watched, according to U.S.-based media Radio Free Asia.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

June 2 “Cambodia: Over 145 Opposition Members Summoned

… In mid-March, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that since the forced dissolution of the CNRP, “at least 75 party parliamentarians and activists” had fled Cambodia to avoid arrest.

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