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A woman buys the final issue of the Cambodia Daily newspaper at a store in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, September 4, 2017. (Reuters/Samrang Pring)

Two journalists charged with incitement in Cambodia

Bangkok, October 10, 2017– The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the legal harassment of Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter, two journalists who worked for the shuttered Cambodia Daily, and calls on Cambodian authorities to drop all charges against the pair.

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Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on June 28, 2017. The U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA) has suspended its news operations in Cambodia amid a rising clampdown on independent media under Sen. (Reuters/Samrang Pring)

Radio Free Asia suspends operations in Cambodia

Bangkok, September 14, 2017–The U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA) has suspended its news operations in Cambodia amid a rising clampdown on independent media, according to news reports.

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The Phnom Penh newsroom of English-language newspaper, The Cambodia Daily. The paper has closed over pressure from officials over allegations of tax evasion. (AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy)

Prominent newspaper folds under official pressure in Cambodia

Bangkok, September 5, 2017–The Cambodia Daily stopped publication yesterday under official threat of forced closure over allegations of tax evasion, according to a statement released by the paper. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the silencing of the newspaper and called for an end to Cambodia’s harassment of all independent media.

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, pictured in Phnom Penh, in June 2017. In the country's latest crackdown on foreign media, authorities have started an investigation into an American freelancer. (AP/Heng Sinith)

Cambodia accuses American journalist of espionage

Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior said on August 28, 2017 that it has opened an investigation into accusations spread in local pro-government media that American freelance journalist Geoffrey Cain is involved in a conspiracy to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen’s elected administration, according to local language news reports.

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Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, pictured at the World Economic Forum in May 2017, is pressuring The Cambodia Daily to pay a disputed tax bill or close. (AFP/STR)

Cambodia threatens to shutter newspaper on tax evasion accusation

Bangkok, August 24, 2017–Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen should revoke his threat to forcibly close The Cambodia Daily newspaper and stop using unproven tax evasion allegations to pressure and threaten the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalists crowd around Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in the province of Kandal, September 1, 2016, as he registers to vote in local elections scheduled for June 4, 2017. (Reuters/Samrang Pring)

Cambodian minister threatens to close media outlets that defy sweeping election rules

Bangkok, May 19, 2017–Cambodian authorities should allow media outlets to cover local elections freely and without fear of closure for running afoul of overly broad guidelines restricting election coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Cambodian Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith last week threatened to shutter media outlets that disobey guidelines for covering the…

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Garment workers protest for higher wages near Cambodia's National Assembly in Phnom Penh, May 1, 2017. As the government clamps down on opposition ahead of local elections scheduled for June, a Radio Free Asia journalist has fled the country upon learning of a court summons. (AP/Heng Sinith)

Radio Free Asia journalist flees Cambodia under legal threat

Bangkok, May 3, 2017–Cambodian authorities should immediately drop all charges against Radio Free Asia journalist Huot Vuthy, also known as Chun Chanboth, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Eluding the Censors

For all its faults, Facebook is a lifeline for journalists in less developed countries By Karen Coates Squeezed between China and Vietnam, Phongsali is the northernmost province of Laos, a land of mountains, valleys and isolated villages that is home to more than 15 ethnic groups. As recently as a few years ago, news traveled…

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Journalist probing illegal logging killed in Cambodia

Bangkok, October 14, 2014–A journalist investigating alleged illegal logging activities in eastern Cambodia was shot dead early Sunday, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing and calls on authorities to identify the motive and ensure the perpetrators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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Harsh defamation ruling in Cambodia has broader implications

New York, July 24, 2014–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the hefty financial damages imposed on a blogger in a defamation case in Cambodia. The ruling could have a detrimental effect on online commentary in the country.

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