Hun Sen

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) is seen during a press conference at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on April 7, 2020. Journalist Sovann Rithy was recently detained for publishing quotes from the prime minister. (AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy)

Cambodian journalist Sovann Rithy detained for quoting prime minister on COVID-19

Bangkok, April 9, 2020 — Cambodian authorities should immediately release journalist Sovann Rithy, drop all charges against him, and let his news outlet publish freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen attends celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the country's independence from France, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on November 9, 2018. A Cambodian news fixer was deported from Thailand to Cambodia on a 'false news' accusation on December 12. (Reuters/Samrang Pring)

News fixer deported from Thailand to Cambodia on ‘false news’ accusation

Bangkok, December 13, 2018–A Cambodian news fixer who helped to produce a documentary on sex trafficking for Russian government-funded international news network Russia Today, or RT, was deported yesterday from Thailand to Cambodia on accusations of abetting the production of false news, according to news reports.

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An official on July 29 counts ballots at a polling station in Phom Penh after polls have closed in Cambodia's general election. Cambodia's government blocked news websites ahead of the national election, according to reports. (Reuters/Samrang Pring)

CPJ condemns pre-election news censorship in Cambodia

Bangkok, July 30, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Cambodian government’s move to block news websites ahead of yesterday’s national elections and called for an end to the state’s censorship and harassment of the media.

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Protesters demonstrate against Sonando's imprisonment outside an appeals court in Phnom Penh. (AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy)

Cambodia reduces jail term of journalist Sonando

New York, March 14, 2013–Mam Sonando, a leading independent journalist in Cambodia, is scheduled to be released from prison later this week after an appeals court reduced his 2012 conviction on inciting rebellion to a lesser charge and cut his initial 20-year jail term.

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Obama should address media rights in Southeast Asia

Dear President Obama: We are pleased that you will begin your second term as U.S. president with a trip to Southeast Asia. As you visit Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand from November 17 through 20 while attending the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and related meetings in Phnom Penh, we hope that your commitment to human rights and the fundamental right to free expression remains an important aspect of your agenda.

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Police escort Mam Sonando into a car after a court sentenced him to 20 years. (AFP)

Cambodian court sentences journalist to 20 years

New York, October 1, 2012–Cambodian authorities took a significant step backward on press freedom with today’s harsh verdict against independent journalist Mam Sonando in connection with his coverage of land seizures, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Radio journalist Mam Sonando, seen here with police in court in 2005, was charged with anti-state activities on Monday. (Reuters/Chor Sokunthea)

Cambodian broadcaster detained on insurrection charges

Bangkok, July 17, 2012–Cambodian authorities should immediately release Mam Sonando, one of the country’s leading critical journalists, who has been held since Sunday on anti-state charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

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