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[Cambodia] Siem Reap tourism association sues journalist over ‘false information’

A Siem Reap tourism association has filed a court complaint against the publisher of a one-man digital news outlet, claiming it was spreading false information about the Boeng Pearaing bird sanctuary.

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[Cambodia] Three reporters detained for alleged extortion; deny accusation

Three Cambodian reporters were detained overnight on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 by police in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district for allegedly interrupting the business operations and extorting money from the owner of a mining pit and trucks in the area. 

They denied the charges and were released the following day. According to the police, the two parties reached a settlement, resulting in the dismissal of the complaint. It was not known if a sum was paid as part of the settlement.

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[Cambodia] Journalist beaten to death in Kratie province

A motorcycle-riding journalist was stoned and beaten to death by a group of unidentified male attackers on Monday midnight, 4 February 2019. 

Suos Chamroeun, provincial deputy police chief in charge of criminal cases, said in an interview Monday that Kratie provincial and Snuol district police were investigating the murder of 18-year-old Sorn Sithy, who worked for BTBP TV Online, in Pi Thnou commune.

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[Cambodia] JOINT STATEMENT: CSOs call on authorities to step up the fight against endemic impunity in the country

Since 1994, at least 13 journalists have been murdered: Thou Char Mongkol, Nun Chan, Chan Dara, Thun Bun Ly, Chet Duong Daravuth, Pich Em, Dok Sokhan, Ou Saroeun, Chour Chetharith, Khim Sambo, Hang Serei Oudom, Suon Chan and Taing Try. In all these cases, the victims were killed because of their work. In 11 out of these 13 cases, no one was convicted for the murders; in seven, no suspect was arrested or interrogated.

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[Cambodia] JOINT PRESS RELEASE: CCHR, ADHOC, and SC publish the Second Annual Report of the Cambodia Fundamental Freedoms Monitor

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”), the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (“ADHOC”), and the Solidarity Center (“SC”), are pleased to announce the release of the second annual report of the Cambodia Fundamental Freedoms Monitor, produced by the Fundamental Freedoms Monitoring Project (“FFMP”). The report provides a comprehensive overview of the exercise of freedom of association, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”) during Year Two of monitoring, from 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

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[Cambodia] Drop Fabricated Charges against ‘ADHOC 5’

Cambodian authorities should immediately drop politically motivated bribery charges against five human rights defenders known as the ADHOC 5 (“FreeThe5KH” in social media campaigns), five international organizations said today. The trial of the five – four current and one former senior staff members of the nongovernmental Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) – is scheduled for August 27, 2018, after lying dormant for a year. If convicted, each faces between 5 and 10 years in prison.

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[Cambodia] Statement: CCIM calls for a complete drop of all charges against two former RFA reporters

The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) welcomes the release on bail of two former reporters of Radio Free Asia (RFA Khmer service), Mr. Oun Chhin and Mr. Yeang Sothearin on August 21, 2018. While CCIM considers this as a positive move, CCIM strongly believes that more could have been done. CCIM therefore would like to calls for a complete drop of all charges against Chhin and Sothearin.

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[Cambodia] Joint statement: Civil society groups call for the release of Tep Vanny

Land activist and human rights defender Tep Vanny has been unjustly detained for two years as of tomorrow, for defending the rights of the Boeung Kak Lake community and her fellow Cambodians. We, the undersigned communities and civil society organisations, condemn her ongoing imprisonment and call on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Tep Vanny, drop all dormant criminal charges and overturn any convictions against her, so that she may return to her family and community.

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[Cambodia] អតីតអ្នកសារព័ត៌មានវិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី ត្រូវបានជាប់ពន្ធនាគារ ភាសាខ្មែរ៖

[Cambodia] អតីតអ្នកសារព័ត៌មានវិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី ត្រូវបានជាប់ពន្ធនាគារ កាលពីថ្ងៃទី១៤ ខែវិច្ឆិកា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧ អតីតអ្នករាយការណ៍ព័ត៌មានរបស់វិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី គឺលោក យាង សុធារិន និងលោក អ៊ួន ឈិន ត្រូវបានតុលាការឃុំខ្លួន ដោយចោទពីបទល្មើសចារកម្ម ដែលមិនមានមូលដ្ឋានច្បាប់ត្រឹមត្រូវ ហើយអ្នកទាំងពីរ កំពុងប្រឈមមុខនឹងទោសពន្ធនាគាររហូតដល់ ១៥ឆ្នាំ។ មិនមានភស្តុតាងណាមួយ

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[Cambodia] Joint statement: Civil society groups condemn ongoing attacks on freedom of the media

This is just the latest in a series of attacks which have devastated Cambodia’s media landscape since mid-2017. The Phnom Penh Post was Cambodia’s last remaining independent English-Khmer language daily, and its change of ownership raises serious questions about the paper’s continued independence.

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[Cambodia] How to dismantle a democracy?

The year 2017 was the most critical year for Cambodian politics since 1993. The independent media was silenced and independent journalists were harassed by legal actions and intimidation.  CSOs have been restricted by politically motivated laws. The opposition leader was arrested and jailed, while the party itself was dissolved by the Supreme Court.

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