Radio Free Asia provided in-depth and comprehensive reporting on the firing and execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek, including coverage of events that led up to his demise. Utilizing inside sources in North Korea, RFA’s Korean Service reported earlier on a firefight between Jang’s loyalists and the North Korean official army. The firefight came after a dispute over North Korea’s highly profitable clam and crab-fishing grounds. Jang, until a few months ago, was part of North Korea’s small inner circle of powerful officials and was married to former dictator Kim Jong Il’s sister. He had acquired the grounds in 2011, after Kim came into power. RFA’s coverage has been cited in several major news outlets, including the New York Times.
Investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova was arrested and detained on Dec 5, 2014. On Sept 1, 2015 she was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.
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