Cambodian Political Analyst Arrested For Defaming Prime Minister
RADIO FREE ASIA
Prominent Cambodian political analyst and social commentator Kim Sok was arrested on Friday and charged with inciting social chaos and defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen during a radio interview with RFA’s Khmer Service last week. Hundreds of supporters protested in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court demanding justice for Kim Sok, who is being detained temporarily in Prey Sar prison on the city’s outskirts as he awaits trial. The court ordered that he be held after he attended a morning hearing about the US $500,000 defamation lawsuit brought against him by Hun Sen.
Rights Group Puts “Censored Books” On Sale At Hong Kong Bookstore
RADIO FREE ASIA
Books likely to be the target of censorship by the ruling Chinese Communist Party were on sale Friday at a bookshop in Hong Kong, which was rocked last year by the cross-border detentions of five people accused of selling “banned” books to customers across the internal border in mainland China. A pop-up bookstore run by the local branch of London-based rights group Amnesty International is offering for sale some 1,000 books with “censored” passages blocked out in black, in a bid to publicize dwindling freedom of expression in the former British colony.
Serious Threat against Journalist in Cuba
Today the journalist Fernando Ravsberg warns of the public threats he has received from people linked to the most extremist side of Cuban officialdom.
Ravsberg, who currently works for the Spanish newspaper Publico.es and writes the blog “Cartas desde Cuba,” has been the victim of defamation campaigns, similar to many other independent journalists, which are conducted by bloggers and journalists under the protection of the Cuban government. They continue to urge the government to expel Ravsberg from the country, where he has lived and worked for a quarter of a century.
Cuba President Welcomes Vietnamese Parliamentarian
Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee received Tong Thi Phong, member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Political Bureau and vice president of the country’s National Assembly Standing Committee, who was visiting Cuba on the invitation of the National Assembly of People’s Power. During the fraternal meeting, the leaders discussed the excellent state of the historic relations shared by the two parties, governments and people, as well as several issues on the international agenda.
Kim Jong-nam Killing Was “Terrorist Act” by North Korea, South Says
Choe-Snag Hun and Richard D. Padoock, THE NEW YORK TIMES
The acting president of South Korea, Hwang Kyo-ahn, on Monday called the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader, “an intolerable crime against humanity and terrorist act” masterminded by the North Korean regime. The remarks were the strongest yet by the South Korean leadership linking the North Korean government, led by Kim Jong-un, to the brazen killing of Mr. Kim’s half brother on February 13 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
Ukrainians Honor Those Killed In Euromaidan Protests
RADIO FREE EUROPE
Hundreds of people gathered in central Kyiv on February 20 to commemorate the third anniversary of the bloodiest day of protests that led to the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. The commemorations honored protesters, known as the Heavenly Hundred, who were killed in clashes with security forces in Kyiv following months of protests triggered by Yanukovych’s decision to spurn closer ties with the European Union.
Crimean Journalist Asking For Separatism Charges To Be Dropped
RADIO FREE EUROPE
Mykola Semena, an RFE/RL contributing reporter who faces separatist charges alleged by the Moscow-installed authorities in Ukraine’s Crimea region, has said he will file an appeal for all of the charges to be dropped when his trial begins. Semena was detained in April and then released, but was ordered not to leave Crimea. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the separatism charges, which are based on an article he wrote on his blog which was critical of Moscow’s 2014 seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.
Venezuela’s Crisis Causes its People to Cut Meals and Lose Weight
Luke Graham, CNBC.COM
Many Venezuelans are eating two or fewer meals a day and nearly three quarters have seen their weight plummet during the country’s recent economic and political crises, according to new research into the country’s living standards. Venezuela’s economic crash has been a continuing problem. The oil price crash in 2014 and resulting policies by President Nicolás Maduro have led to mass shortages of food and other products, and dizzying levels of inflation.
Backed by Trump Venezuelans March to Demand Release of López
Jorge Rueda, ABC NEWS
Hundreds of Venezuelans marched Saturday to demand the release of opposition leader Leopoldo López, the annual demonstration taking on added urgency after President Donald Trump met with the activist’s wife and his administration slapped drug sanctions on the country’s vice president.