RFA reporters face espionage charges

Source: Khmer Times

Yeang Sothearin, centre, is led away. The charges he and his colleague face carry long jail terms. KT/Mai Vireak

Two former Radio Free Asia reporters who were arrested on Tuesday now face spying charges, which carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Phnom Penh deputy municipal police chief Sim Vuthy said police found evidence related to the arrest and sent it to court on Wednesday.

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Former RFA reporters arrested

Source: Khmer times

Former Radio Free Asia bureau chief Yeang Sothearin is being detained. KT/Mai Vireak

Police arrested two former reporters with US-based Radio Free Asia on Tuesday over their installation of broadcasting equipment to allegedly report back to the agency’s office without permission from the government.

Former RFA video editor Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, bureau chief of the Khmer service in Phnom Penh, were arrested at the Marady Hotel, where they had rented a room to set up broadcasting instruments illegally, according to deputy governor of Meanchey district Dy Rath Khemrun.

On September 12, RFA shut its Phnom Penh office after nearly 20 years of operation, citing a crackdown on free press by the government as the reason.

The Information Ministry had earlier shut down dozens of radio stations broadcasting news from RFA and slapped the Cambodia Daily newspaper with a $6 million back tax bill, leading to its closure as well.

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Activists lose bail bid

Source: Khmer Times

One of the activists denied bail. Supplied

Two Mother Nature activists charged with incitement to commit a felony and violation of privacy have been denied bail by Koh Kong provincial court.

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Cambodia releases alleged opposition leader plot video

Source: Khmer Times

Kem Sokha, in white shirt, being taken into custody by police. Fresh News

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodia’s government on Sunday released a video which it said showed arrested opposition leader Kem Sokha talking about conspiring against the administration with US support.

Mr Sokha was arrested on Sunday and Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government said he was accused of treason for plotting with foreign powers.

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Vigil held for imprisoned activist Tep Vanny

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Tep Vanny’s daughter Kong Panha (left) stands with a photograph at a candlelight vigil held to protest the Boeung Kak activist’s year of detention. Pha Lina

Boueng Kak lake residents yesterday held a candlelight vigil to mark one year since fellow activist Tep Vanny was detained by law enforcement for holding a cursing ceremony at the same location.
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UN official vows to help Tep Vanny

Source: Khmer Times

Tep Vanny supporters hold a ceremony for her yesterday. KT/Mai Vireak

UN Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith has promised to discuss jailed land activist Tep Vanny with the government.

In a ceremony to mark one year in jail for Ms Vanny, about 30 Boeung Kak community residents yesterday asked Ms Smith to intervene and request Ms Vanny’s release.

Song Sreyleap, a Boeung Kak resident, said the arrest of Ms Vanny was unjust because she was only protesting for social justice over a land dispute.

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Community demands justice for Tep Vanny

Source: Khmer Times

Cambodian protesters shout slogans in support of Cambodian land activist Tep Vanny. AFP

Residents of the Boeung Kak community yesterday requested UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith and ASEAN embassies to campaign for the release of land activist Tep Vanny, who has now been imprisoned for one year.

Gathering in front of the United Nations office in Phnom Penh yesterday, Boeung Kak resident Song Sreyleap said the arrest of Ms Vanny was unjust as she was only protesting for social justice over a land dispute in Boeung Kak.

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