… In February Radio Free Asia (RFA), a broadcaster financed by an independent agency of the American government, cold-called 11 families at random in Araltobe, in the north of the province, far from the Uighurs’ heartland.
Pyongyang residents, who are usually handpicked to live in the North Korean capital according to their degree of loyalty to the regime, have reportedly had access to a 24-hour hamburger joint since June 2009, when authorities awarded a Singaporean company the right to open a franchise called Samtaesung Cooling Beverage Restaurant, according to U.S.-government financed Radio Free Asia.
… In an open letter to the Chinese Embassy, Rebiya Kadeer called on Beijing to …. Release the family members of Gulchehra Hoja and other journalists working for Radio Free Asia.
… Democratic Party chairman Wu Chi-wai, in an interview with Radio Free Asia, pointed out that the Chinese regime has a different approach to Hong Kong now. “They [Chinese regime] used to exert control via communist-backed capital in a much more underground manner; they never laid all of their cards on the table like this before,” he said
… North Korea hid nuclear scientists at the test site in Punggye-ri in a hospital before foreign reporters arrived to cover its demolition, Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday.
… According to Radio Free Asia, despite her extremely tight schedule, Merkel met with Xu Yan, wife of a Chinese rights lawyer, Yu Wensheng.
… Cheng Xiaonong, a US-based Chinese economist, told Radio Free Asia that banning people from travelling in a certain way is a 'misuse' of the social credit system.
… "He goes to Burma and he meets with three guys who had been political prisoners for 20 years, that had just been released from prison, and when he started to speak, one of them just started to cry because he had heard his voice on Radio Free Asia so many times defending them by name," Salter said.
CHINA DIGITAL TIMES
… From Radio Free Asia: Ding Jiaxi, who has previously served jail time for calling on top officials of the ruling Chinese Communist Party to reveal details of their wealth, was stopped by police at Beijing International Airport on Thursday as he tried to board a plane to visit his wife and daughter in the U.S.
… There are more than 30,000 people who have fled from North Korea to South Korea, per Radio Free Asia, and more than 1,000 risk their lives to break free of the regime every year.
… Despite the recent closure of over 30 radio stations critical of the government including Voice of America and Radio Free Asia (RFA), the shutting of the Post’s cross-town rival the Cambodia Daily, as well as the ongoing imprisonment of two RFA journalists.
… A Cambodian court on Friday extended the pre-trial detention of two Radio Free Asia journalists who have been in prison for six months while espionage charges, which critics say are part of a crushing crackdown on independent media, are investigated.
ASIAN CORRESPONDENT (also in PHNOM PENH POST)
… According to Radio Free Asia, the government first blamed water tainted with pesticides and then methanol-laced rice wine for the tragedy.
… Ever since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held two summits with Chinese President Xi Jinping, China has increased supplies of crude oil to North Korea and female workers are streaming across the border again, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday.
KOREA JOONGANG DAILY
… According to Radio Free Asia, the state now pays farmers above the nominal grain price after collecting 70 percent of their production, giving their livelihood a significant boost.
… As reported by Radio Free Asia, the activist faced harassment, detention, and arrest by authorities in South Korea, India, the United States, Turkey, and Italy.
… The plaintiff submitted a video clip of an interview Ko Swe Win gave to Radio Free Asia’s Burmese-language service.
… Bekali said he met doctors, lawyers and teachers in the camps, while Radio Free Asia (RFA) has reported that wealthy businessmen, 80-year-olds and even breast-feeding mothers have been among the detainees.
… In an interview with Radio Free Asia just before Trump hired him, Bolton said he suspected the North Koreans were merely “buying time to perfect the last stages of the nuclear weapons program and their ballistic missile program” and was “skeptical that they’re serious.”
… Radio Free Asia has quoted officials saying that the government last year lost three times as much money in revenue than in 2016.
… Bishop Han Yingjin of Snyuan Diocese of Shaanxi province in China, who is recognized by the Vatican and China, told Radio Free Asia that the pope meeting with Taiwan's' bishops would have an impact.
… A spokesperson of the United Nations-affiliated organization tasked with building up a nuclear test ban verification regime told Radio Free Asia that the CTBTO welcomes North Korea's decision to destroy its nuclear test site but has not received any request to attend its dismantlement event slated for May 23-25.
May 15 “N.Korea Demands Return of Defectors”
… Meanwhile, Radio Free Asia reported that the bodies of North Koreans who were shot trying to flee to China across the Apnok River last winter are floating to the surface as the weather warms.
… At least 120,000 Uighurs have been imprisoned in so-called “re-education camps” in the last two years, according to the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia
… The local branches of Radio Free Asia and Voice of America – both independent broadcasters that receive funds from the U.S. government – were shut down last year.
PHNOM PENH POST (also in KHMER TIMES)
… Two former Radio Free Asia journalists have been summonsed to appear in court on May 16, likely to review the extension of their six-month detention which has seen human rights groups calling for their “unconditional release”, while government officials think such calls violate court procedure.
… Radio Free Asia (RFA) says that gasoline and diesel prices in northern North Korea sharply decreased this month.
CHINA DIGITAL TIMES
… Beijing-based historian Zhang Lifan described them less enthusiastically to Radio Free Asia as "a project that deals in the performance of ideology for political advancement."
… The government responded by intimidating or detaining participants. (Radio Free Asia, a government-funded service in America, reported this month that campaigners in the town of Mianzhu had been put under surveillance.)
May 10 “A New Gulag in China”
… RFA has a Uyghur service, the only one outside of China (and therefore the only honest one).
GUARDIAN (also in WORLD POLITICS REVIEW)
… Also closed is Radio Free Asia. Two RFA reporters were arrested in November and charged with espionage: Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin remain in jail, though no evidence has been brought forward.
… Radio Free Asia (RFA), citing the official notice on the religious affairs agency site, reports that the rules have not yet been passed, but the government is seeking “input” from the public on how to improve upon the draft laws.
… In June 2015, Washington-based Radio Free Asia reported that a researcher had spotted a new helipad at Kim's lakeside villa in South Pyongan province.
COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS
May 9 “Police in China arrest farmer over article alleging corruption at Yili Group”
… The security bureau on May 2 changed the charge to "extortion and blackmail," according to Radio Free Asia and the independent investigative news blog Jianwen.
NEW DELHI TIMES
… Some of these technologies have received financial support from the Open Technology Fund, a U.S. government program funded by Radio Free Asia and the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency that oversees Voice of America.
… "As there is currently no dedicated space for North Koreans in the U.K., a center will be a useful place for support for North Koreans for integration," Michael Glendinning, founder and director of the organization, was quoted as saying by Radio Free Asia.
… Radio Free Asia (RFA) issued a similar report on Tuesday, saying that the department's East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau reaffirmed its goal of realizing the permanent dismantlement of the North's weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
… Sources in the country who spoke to Radio Free Asia on the condition of anonymity said the security agent who helped smuggle drugs across the country was recently found guilty of crimes.
… As Zayar Hlaing, editor of investigative journal Maw Kun, told Radio Free Asia, “The police are closer to the people.”
GUARDIAN (also in AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS, AFP, AL JAZEERA, BBC, SEA GLOBE, DIPLOMAT, CNN MONEY, AP, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, TELEGRAPH, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, UCA NEWS, LATIN AMERICAN HERALD TRIBUNE, LA TIMES, ASEAN ECONOMIST, NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW, NEW DELHI TIMES, NEWSGRAM, CAMBODIAN CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, MUMBRELLA, ZLOTO NEWS)
… This was swiftly followed by the shutting down of the Phnom Penh office of Radio Free Asia (RFA), which produced some of the most popularly consumed reporting on human rights violations and illegal government activity.
NEW ZEALAND HERALD
… Former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom, Thae Yong Ho, told Radio Free Asia that the North will never agree to end its weapons programme irreversibly and with verification.
… The plaintiff had submitted a video clip of an interview Ko Swe Win had done with Radio Free Asia RFA’s Burmese language program.
… Only days later, Radio Free Asia’s Phnom Penh bureau also shut down due to similar pressure over a tax bill.
… Back in 2008, Radio Free Asia reported that the CCP’s State Council, a top administrative organ, established a “Special Food Supply Center for The Central State Organs” in April 2005.
… However, the ongoing violence is creating increasing unrest in Kachin, reported Radio Free Asia. About 5,000 people took to the streets of state capital, Myitkyina, on Monday in protest at the displacement of civilians and demanding that the army end indiscriminate shelling.
PHNOM PENH POST
… “I compare the party which has been pushed to join the fake election to an ahp party,” Rainsy said in an interview with Radio Free Asia, referring to a type of spirit with a head but no body.
… "North Korea will soon become a trading powerhouse," an official at the consulate said last Saturday, according to Radio Free Asia on Monday.
… Residents told Radio Free Asia the news was being met with a mixed response in North Korea.