From the plight of the Rohingya to Liu Xiaobo’s death to a dramatic defection in the DMZ, 2017 was full of remarkable stories showing both the struggle and resilience of the human spirit. Radio Free Asia was there.

CPJ report highlights threats to RFA journalists, former staff

Three men walk through a doorway flanked by a soldier on either side

“None of these individuals deserves to be imprisoned or face the might of authoritarian legal systems. Nor should their families and loved ones be forced to suffer at the hands of authorities. These acts of intimidation should cease and these individuals should be freed, without charges and without delay.”