… "It is widely believed by North Koreans that they might get good money for the remains of U.S. soldiers," a source told Radio Free Asia last week.
June 29 “[EDITORIAL] The U.S. must confront Cambodia’s descent into despotism”
… The government then forced the Cambodia Daily newspaper to shut down and ordered local FM stations to stop carrying the fair-minded broadcasters Radio Free Asia and Voice of America.
… Meanwhile, Radio Free Asia reported that train tickets from China's Dandong to Pyongyang are sold out until mid-July, prompting Chinese authorities to deploy reserve trains that have been built in case of war.
… Radio Free Asia which published a report on June 27 cited an anonymous source saying, “as the Dalai Lama’s birthday [July 6] is just around the corner, the Tibetans in Draggo have been warned against celebrating with religious observances such as prayer gatherings or offerings of incense.”
June 28 “The End of Maximum Pressure on N.Korea?”
… Radio Free Asia reported that China's border patrols eased recently, resulting in the smuggling of fertilizer and cars into the North.
… Last year Hun Sen dissolved the opposition party, the CNRP, shut down the Cambodia Daily newspaper, Radio Free Asia and dozens of local radio stations
PHNOM PENH POST
… The former leader of the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Rainsy said in an interview with Radio Free Asia: “The CNRP and I, Sam Rainsy, will urge the US to return all confiscated money to repay the Cambodian people because that money is the sweat and blood of Khmer people,” he said.
… According to local sources for Radio Free Asia, Hezim was detained for “visiting foreign countries”, though his trip was mainly for football training and matches.
June 25 “U.S. prepares to retrieve remains”
… Radio Free Asia reported that North Korea has handed over the remains of 629 American soldiers since 1982, and that the United States paid a total of $22 million to Pyongyang for excavation procedures.
… Radio Free Asia(RFA) reports that following inter-Korean and Washington-Pyongyang summit talks, donations for North Korean food aid to the UN World Food Programme(WFP) have jumped 50 percent.
… Meanwhile, the government cut more than 30 radio frequencies to prevent broadcasts from U.S.-backed Radio Free Asia and Voice of America.
… Conditions in the orphanges are "terrible," a worker in Xinjiang told Radio Free Asia last year.
… Chinese authorities in Tibet have launched a new loyalty campaign in the formerly independent Himalayan region, forcing locals to learn songs praising the ruling Chinese Communist Party for its performance at an upcoming national holiday, reported Radio Free Asia (RFA).
… Additionally, we have statements obtained by Radio Free Asia from local officials, police and witnesses that describe one camp containing up to 6,000 people who live in very cramped quarters.
… He was known as an outspoken critic of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), the insurgent group that launched attacks against government security forces last August in Burma’s Rakhine state, killing at least 12 people, reported Radio Free Asia.
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
… His mother told US-backed Radio Free Asia in April that Huang had severe kidney failure and lost 10kg in weight since his arrest.
… And already the enforcement of sanctions have begun to loosen. Along the Chinese border, Radio Free Asia reports officials are now only checking around half the vehicles that pass through, while a short time ago x-ray scans were being done on every vehicle.
PHNOM PENH POST
June 18 “BGU rejects RFA claims”
… On Thursday, Radio Free Asia (RFA) broadcasted claims by Human Rights Watch’s Asia division director, Brad Adams, that the head of the Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Unit (BGU), General Hing Bun Heang, has significant assets in Cambodia and money hidden in Singapore.
CHINA DIGITAL TIMES
… Concerns over China’s growing sharp power have prompted U.S. policy makers to issue a letter this week calling on the Trump administration to take tangible actions to curb China’s efforts to interfere in American politics and society. Radio Free Asia’s Jia Ao and Lin Ping report.
Editorial: June 15 “Myanmar is now erasing the Rohingya’s very name”
… In recent weeks, the Burmese information ministry has detected the word “Rohingya” in television broadcasts by Radio Free Asia, a private, nonprofit news organization, funded by the U.S. government, which brings news to closed societies in Asia, and the BBC.
… “The espionage charges against the former Radio Free Asia journalists are a politically motivated attempt to undermine media freedom and to dissuade other journalists from doing their jobs,” Mr Josar said.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
… A protester in Ho Chi Minh City told Radio Free Asia: “We were protesting peacefully and didn’t incite anyone.
… Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that 200,000 ethnic Kazakhs from China have become citizens of Kazakhstan since 1991. Referred to in sum as “Oralman” — from the Kazakh word for “returnee” — in 2015 they made up an estimated 5.5 percent of Kazakhstan’s total population (at the time) of over 17 million.
… The mission of [Red Flag] , according to a priest named Dang Huu Nam via Radio Free Asia, is “to constrain the Catholics from protesting against Formosa Steel Plant and to get rid of ‘Catholic enemies'”.
… “I love my country, and I have no reactionary motivations,” one protester, Bao Vinh said, as quoted by Radio Free Asia. “I only want to voice my concerns and express how upset I am.”
PHNOM PENH POST
… Speaking during an interview with Radio Free Asia (RFA), the exiled Rainsy, who is now president of the Cambodia National Rescue Movement (CNRM), called on all corners of the Kingdom to fight against Hun Sen’s leadership after the election.
… Monday was the last day DVB Media Group’s network would carry Radio Free Asia’s television broadcasts, RFA spokesman Rohit Mahajan said.
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… "Many smugglers and firms whose job is to earn foreign currency are now focusing on providing products that their Chinese business partners want," a Radio Free Asia source said.
… According to Radio Free Asia, Myanmar’s National League for Democracy spokesman Myo Nyunt said the party had “nothing to do with it”.
… In an interview with Radio Free Asia, dissident poet Bei Ling, an old friend of Gui, said the article showed that the Swedish press and public have been more active than the Swedish government in helping Gui.
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 at the time.
… In a June 5 interview with Radio Free Asia (RFA), former IAEA deputy director general Olli Heinonen said the shutdown and monitoring of nuclear facilities could be done “within just a few weeks.”
… ‘Political branches’ or cells are reportedly being used in universities to prevent students from being influenced by ‘bad ideas’ that contradict the party’s ideology and to keep tabs on what they are doing, saying and even thinking, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA).
… Since January 2018, as part of a movement some experts are calling the largest student demonstration since June 1989, thousands of college students across China have been organizing both online and offline to demand that their universities take action against professors accused of sexually assaulting students (Radio Free Asia, February 9).
… North Korea's open-air market prices are stabilizing as daily necessities arrive from China, Radio Free Asia reported on Sunday.
… Gen Sopheak gave an example by saying that Radio Free Asia reported that Cambodian soldiers stationing at the frontlines lacked drinking water, which affected national defence because they revealed the news to foreigners.
… Human Rights Watch has called for the government to drop what it calls “fabricated espionage charges” against Radio Free Asia journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, who were arrested last November.
… Two men in Hunan province were detained for holding signs that said “6/4 29th anniversary,” according to Radio Free Asia.
… The combative Cambodia Daily closed in September under the weight of a massive tax bill believed to be politically motivated, while the US-backed Radio Free Asia was closed and two of its reporters arrested two months later.
… Satellite imagery of the area at the time did not show any significant activity at the complex, though reports by Radio Free Asia claimed that the North had been operating clothing factories in the now-abandoned factories.
KHMER TIMES (also in PHNOM PENH POST)
… A Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigating judge yesterday informed two former Radio Free Asia reporters that they were not being detained on production of pornography charges, which were laid atop initial espionage charges.