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October 15, 2014

Cambodian journalist shot dead for reporting on illegal logging

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Cambodian Association for the Protection of Journalists (CAPJ) have expressed outrage over the shooting murder of a Cambodian journalist in Ksiem Krao village, in the Snoul district of Kratie province in northeastern Cambodia on Sunday. Two police and one armed forces soldier have been arrested for the murder and IFJ has called on the Cambodian government to put all efforts to securing justice for the killed journalist and his family... MORE
July 25, 2014

Harsh defamation ruling in Cambodia has broader implications

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed concern at 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. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday convicted Rupert Winchester , a British journalist based in Phnom Penh who runs a personal blog, "The Mighty Penh," of defamation and ordered him to pay 8 million riel (US$2,000) in fines and 100 million riel (US$25,000) in... MORE
February 20, 2014

Veteran journalist reported missing in Cambodia

Cambodian authorities must thoroughly investigate the disappearance of Canadian journalist Dave Walker , who went missing on Friday under mysterious circumstances in the country's western Siem Riep province, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Walker, a veteran freelance journalist and co-founder of the Animist Farm Films film production company, was last seen leaving his room at the Green Village Angkor Guesthouse at around 2 p.m. on Friday, according to a Phnom Penh Post report... MORE
February 8, 2014

Journalist beaten to death in Cambodia

Cambodian authorities must identify the motive behind the killing of a local journalist on February 1 and ensure his assailants are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Suon Chan had reported on illegal fishing activities near his village shortly before his death. News accounts reported that a group of fishermen attacked Suon Chan, reporter for the local-language Meakea Kampuchea newspaper, while he was outside his home in Peam Chhkork commune, Cholkiri district... MORE
January 7, 2011

New penal code used to trample on free expression in Cambodia

A Cambodian man who shared web articles with two of his colleagues was convicted on incitement charges and sentenced to six months in jail under a new penal code, reports Human Rights Watch, which called the use of the law "a huge step backward for free expression in Cambodia." On December 17, Seng Kunnaka , a Cambodian employee with the United Nations World Food Programme in Phnom Penh, was arrested on charges of incitement under article 495 of the new penal code - for sharing an article from... MORE
December 30, 2010

New penal code undercuts free speech in Cambodia

The Cambodian government's use of its new penal code against a man who shared web articles with his co-workers is a huge step backward for free expression in Cambodia, Human Rights Watch has said. The man was quickly convicted on incitement charges and sentenced to prison. Human Rights Watch called on the Cambodian government to amend the penal code, which went into effect on December 10, to remove provisions that limit the peaceful expression of political views so that the law fully complies... MORE
December 7, 2010

Japanese photographer arrested in Cambodia for clicking married couple inside home

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the government of Cambodia to ensure the release of Japanese photographer Go Takayama. According to the English-language Phnom Penh Post and the online magazine for the National Press Photographers Association, Takayama was arrested on November 23 after photographing a married couple inside a home. Undercover police detained him and he was eventually charged with "producing pornography for the purpose of distributing pornographic content... MORE
August 3, 2010

Cambodia: Jailed journalist reports graft

A jailed Cambodian journalist whose Appeal Court hearing is scheduled for later this month said Monday that he had been asked to pay US$1,000 before court officials would tell him the exact date, the Phnom Penh Post has reported. Speaking from Prey Sar prison, freelance journalist Ros Sokhet said his lawyer, Sam Sokong, who was provided free of charge by the legal aid NGO Cambodian Defenders Project, had told him the court had requested the money in exchange for information about the hearing... MORE