Posts Tagged ‘Radio Free Asia’

China to release pandemic whistleblower after jail term

Monday, April 24th, 2023

A Chinese citizen journalist who was imprisoned for three years after a secret trial for reporting on the Covid-19 situation in Wuhan City will be released at the end of this month after completing his jail term, says a report. Fang Bin disappeared on Feb 1, 2020, after he live-streamed the pandemic situation from healthcare Read more

North Korean women told to have more children to boost military

Thursday, March 16th, 2023

Government officials in a North Korean province have urged women to have more children as an act of “greatest patriotism” to help boost the military numbers, says a report. The message was part of a series of ideological lectures arranged by North Korean officials for housewives in the northeastern province of North Hamgyong, Radio Free Read more

Inflation tops 40% in Laos, squeezing state employees

Thursday, February 9th, 2023

Inflation in Laos hit 40.3% in January, according to the country’s National Statistics Bureau, and even normally well-off state employees are feeling the squeeze. “We’re seeing a lot of hardship,” said a public sector worker in Phongsaly province, along northern Laos’ border with China. “Most state employees have to bring their lunch to the office Read more