… Radio Free Asia has also reported of high-level security reviews held in the third week of April on the need for greater security monitoring of top leaders.
BURMA NEWS INTERNATIONAL
May 29 “The NLD’s Broken Promises in Arakan”
… According to Radio Free Asia (Burmese), there were at least 15 civilians whose families suspect that they died after being tortured by Tatmadaw soldiers in 2019.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
… In two emotional interviews with Voice of Democracy (VOD) and Radio Free Asia on May 13, Torsry explained the negative impacts that the government’s decision to block her and other Cambodian citizens’ return is having on her life, and the failure of Cambodian embassy officials to assist them.
… Radio Free Asia reported in January that significant aid shipments were planned from China to North Korea.
… Known as the 14,000 Kilowatt Large Cruiser Rescue Ship, it is reportedly set to be roughly 450-feet-long, 88 feet wide and 36 feet deep, according to Radio Free Asia.
… A source told Radio Free Asia’s Korean Service the government enforced quarantine directives but neglected to send out any basic supplies to the populous.
PHNOM PENH POST (Also in KHMER TIMES)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favour of former Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporter Uon Chhin by returning his identification card but rejected the appeal of his colleague Yeang Sothearin whose passport has been withheld by the lower court.
… The Tibetan Autonomous Region has issued an order banning students, civil servants (active and retired), and members of the Chinese Communist Party from participating in religious events in Lhasa during the Buddhist festival of Saga Dawa, Radio Free Asia (RFA) has reported.
… On May 23, Hanoi police arrested Thuy, a reporter with the U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia, and charged him with “making, storing and disseminating documents and materials for anti-state purposes,” another violation under Article 117, according to RFA.
… A source from Ryanggang province managed to convey the news through encrypted channels to the Radio Free Asia Korean service.
… In addition, Li allegedly has ties to a student association that is affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP's) United Front, according to Radio Free Asia.
… “In fact, people can’t disappear and reappear by folding space,” the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported on Wednesday, according to Radio Free Asia.
NEW YORK POST
… Enver in 2012 and 2013 passed information about Chinese Communist government abuses to Radio Free Asia and Uighur organizations abroad.
VOICE OF AMERICA (Also in CITY BIZLIST)
... Along with Bido, the Washington-based group honored Jessikka Aro, of Finland’s public broadcaster Yle; Solafa Magdy, a multimedia journalist and founder of the Everyday Footage agency in Egypt; and Gulchehra Hoja, a journalist for Radio Free Asia (RFA).
WALL STREET JOURNAL
... Pyongyang store shelves recently emptied out because of panic buying, not only of fruits and vegetables but also other staples, according to several news outlets that talk with people inside the Kim regime, including NK News and Radio Free Asia.
... The department, contacted by Radio Free Asia on Wednesday about the COVID-19 situation in the North, said the country was still “vulnerable” and asked the radio station to refer to its earlier statement on the matter.
“Even though the operation in Kutkai township [resulted in] the military seizing over a million [dollars] worth of drugs, business is still booming and prices are still falling,” U Tin Maung Thein, of Shan State anti-drug trafficking group Mana, told Radio Free Asia.
May 20 "North Korea's Foreign Cash Crunch"
... Radio Free Asia reported on May 11 that the state has banned the use of foreign currency for most transactions, to force people to exchange their foreign currency for domestic at state institutions.
... In 2012 and 2013, Enver passed along information about Chinese government abuses to Radio Free Asia and to Uighur organizations abroad, he told Axios in an interview.
... According to Radio Free Asia, lawyer-turned-journalist Zhang Zhan was taken by authorities from Wuhan’s Caiguang Hotel near Hankou railway station on the night of May 14.
... Radio Free Asia already exists, but the U.S. will benefit significantly by giving it, or a similar enterprise, the funding and strategic direction that made Radio Free Europe and the Voice of America so effective against Soviet tyranny.
... Radio Free Asia reported on May 11th that the state has banned the use of foreign currency for most transactions, to force people to exchange their foreign currency for domestic at state institutions.
... Commenting on the killing in Yangon, Zhejiang chamber’s chair Tu Guoding told Radio Free Asia that there have been frequent attacks against ethnic Chinese individuals in industrial zones led by Chinese investments.
Radio Free Asia Uyghur Service Deputy Director Mamatjan Juma featured on Al Jazeera's The Stream.
... Soon after construction resumed on the railway, 30 Lao workers came forward and said they had not been paid in three to four months, according to Radio Free Asia.
... “It is hard to imagine that organized crime have again managed to expand the drug market, but they have,” said Jeremy Douglas, UNODC representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, in a written statement, according to Radio Free Asia.
... According to a Radio Free Asia report, local governments in Xinjiang not only force ethnic Muslims to eat during the day throughout Ramadan but also ban them from observing other cultural and religious traditions of eating and sleeping.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
... Radio Free Asia quoted Tenzin Dorjee, chair of the USCIRF, stating that in wake of coronavirus pandemic, concerns about Panchen Lama have increased.
May 15 "Gift of blood from Myanmar pilot"
... He gets news of home from YouTube links of Voice of America Burmese, Radio Free Asia, Myanmar and BBC Burmese.
... Zhang Zhan, described by the Radio Free Asia website as a "Wuhan-based citizen journalist", said the cases had all been confirmed in the city's Sanmin residential compound, home to 5,000 people.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
... The United States-based Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported in February 2018 that when Sichuan province launched a “Provincial Leading Group” to manage the anti-gang crime drive, “threatening political security and penetrating into the political field” were among the 10 major types of crime it was targeting.
VOICE OF AMERICA
... Radio broadcasters Voice of America and Radio Free Asia were prevented from broadcasting their daily bulletins in August 2017, with the latter closing its in-country operations for security reasons.
... Mathew Ha, an analyst at the Foundation for Defense Democracies, told Radio Free Asia that it was difficult to ascertain how much North Korea spent to beef up its nuclear capabilities, given how little information is available.
... A resident of the province, talking below the duvet of anonymity, instructed US-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia: “Since early this month, the authorities have blocked the general public from getting into town, making it troublesome for many people."
EXPRESS (Also in LATIN TIMES)
... According to the Radio Free Asia (RFA) network, the North Korean government is trying to acquire much-needed dollar and yuan.
... She added that such a move would help ease tensions between China and the U.S. as well as protect the WTO's credibility, reported Radio Free Asia.
... This would be a supplement to, not a substitute for, an expanded and invigorated effort by Radio Free Asia and Voice of America.
... According to a report by Radio Free Asia (RFA), French pentathlon world champion Elodie Clouvel said that when she and her boyfriend Valentin Belaud took part in the 2019 Military World Games in Wuhan in last October, many French athletes, including herself, fell ill.
Peking University, Renmin University of China, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have scratched exam requirements for foreigners, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.
He told Radio Free Asia: "It is not just Tsinghua or Beida; many other schools make exceptions for foreign students, which is in fact a part of China's overseas propaganda policy."
... A Christian villager told Radio Free Asia on 5/7 that in Luang Prabang province in the country’s north, religious rights are still restricted, with officials deriding Christianity as an American import.
... According to sources quoted by Radio Free Asia, he suffered brutal prison torture, which caused severe liver and kidney damage.
KBS WORLD RADIO
Radio Free Asia (RFA) has reported that the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) plans to provide one-point-five million face masks to North Korea.
... According to a Radio Free Asia report, migrant workers who built Vulcan Mountain and Thunder Mountain Hospitals in Wuhan to house coronavirus patients, found themselves in a pickle after they learned that the government and intermediaries exploited their salaries.
KBS World Radio
... According to Radio Free Asia on Friday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs(OCHA) said in a recent report that nearly 40 million dollars is needed to support the communist country's response to COVID-19.
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that a woman in the central province of Hubei was jailed after she posted on social media criticizing the Chinese government Communist Party and its authorities.
... After reports about his arrest by Radio Free Asia, Voice of America and Religion News Service, as well as countless social media posts by Imin, her father was the subject of campaigns by Amnesty International and PEN America.
AMERICAN MILITARY NEWS
... While the People’s Daily editorial called the concept of lawsuits against China “political farce,” China has itself allowed an internal lawsuit against Hubei provincial authorities and the Wuhan municipal government to proceed, Radio Free Asia reported.
... Radio Free Asia (RFA) quoted some observers, however, who believed the shots to be a message that North Korea did not intend to change its hostile policies against Seoul.
... Tan Jun, a Hubei resident, is pictured standing outside a district court in Yichang in this picture circulating online and re-posted by Radio Free Asia.
... According to sources from North Korea who spoke to Radio Free Asia's Korean Service the supreme leader was rushed out into the limelight to show the nation, and the world that he was fit enough to cut the ribbon of the unfinished Sunchon phosphate factory in South Pyongan.
... That policy would dovetail with the “Pair Up and Become Family” initiative that Chinese Communist officials launched in 2017, according to Radio Free Asia.
... They were detained after docking Saturday in Teknaf, Bangladesh's southernmost district, and then sent to Bhasan Char island that night, reports BenarNews, an online affiliate of Radio Free Asia.
VOICE OF AMERICA
... VOA: Recently, Radio Free Asia did two investigations. First, they found that the Energy Ministry’s Secretary of State Ith Prang held vast amounts of property in Florida and Georgia in the U.S.
... Separately, Radio Free Asia reported that the prices of food staples in North Korea were rising sharply because of panic buying, while Washington Post also reported last week that store shelves in Pyongyang were being cleaned out of everything from liquor to laundry detergent, canned fish to cigarettes in recent days.
... Truong Duy Nhat, a blogger with Radio Free Asia’s Vietnamese language service funded by U.S. Congress, disappeared from a Bangkok shopping mall in January 2019 and two days later was in pretrial detention where he remained for 15 months before his sentencing on March 9 to ten years in prison.
... "I abused my own influence and the trust of my social media followers," the state media quoted Chen as saying, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.
... Radio Free Asia spoke with survivors at a number of relocation centers in late April, many of whom described uninhabitable conditions.