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Public Watches Warily as US-Cambodia Divide Intensifies

Interviews and polling suggest Cambodians see the U.S. as a role model, a view that is increasingly at odds with their government.

Probe Into CNRP Widens Amid Claims of Taiwan Conspiracy

The government will investigate anonymous, unsubstantiated claims that the opposition party received help from the “extremist” ruling party in Taiwan and also probe alleged foreign donations to the CNRP, officials said on Thursday.

CNRP to Be Investigated For ‘Color Revolution’

Opposition party members will be investigated for attempting to stage a color revolution, Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak told a local newspaper on Tuesday, in what one political analyst described as a move to “clear the deck” of obstacles in the way of a CPP national election victory next year.

RFA, VOA Broadcasts Booted Out of Cambodia’s Provinces

All radio stations carrying Radio Free Asia (RFA) and Voice of America (VOA) outside of Phnom Penh have been closed by the Information Ministry, spokesmen for the outlets said, as owners of the shuttered stations petitioned the ministry on Monday for a reprieve.

Anger Mounts as Radio Purge Knocks 19 Stations Off-Air

Independent radio producers, managers and listeners said they were angry and confused on Sunday after an Information Ministry crackdown on at least 19 radio stations last week cut off access to programming for millions of potential listeners.

Fresh News Spins New Tales of Spies and US Interference

Government-aligned media outlet Fresh News, the recent epicenter of pro-government leaks and attacks against NGOs, media and the political opposition, has continued to publish anonymous accusations that CNRP President Kem Sokha and his daughters were in a “political wedding” to U.S. backers and foreign agents.

Officials Threaten Embassy Protests as US Row Deepens

Amid rising diplomatic tensions, the U.S. State Department on Thursday condemned the “deterioration in Cambodia’s democratic climate,” as a government-aligned website, citing anonymous officials, warned of mass nationalist protests against the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh.

As Stations Silenced, Ministry Denies Targeting RFA, VOA

At least one more radio station went off the air on Thursday after its license was revoked, as Information Minister Khieu Kanharith denied the moves were targeting outlets hosting U.S.-funded Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA).

Observers Warn of New Era of Repression in Cambodia

A crackdown on independent NGOs, media and political parties that began almost two years ago has reached an inflection point that threatens to push Cambodia into a new era of repression, observers said on Wednesday.

Radio Station Shuttered, Daily’s License Rejected

The Ministry of Information has revoked a license for a radio station known for selling airtime to the opposition party, according to a statement released on Wednesday, while the director of Voice of Democracy said the outlet had been bumped from the airwaves in Phnom Penh.

Branding Daily a ‘Thief,’ Hun Sen Says Pay Tax or Leave

Prime Minister Hun Sen weighed in on Tuesday on a $6.3 million tax bill levied against The Cambodia Daily, an amount the newspaper disputes, branding the Daily a “thief” and ordering it to pay the bill or “pack up and go.”

Ministry Gives Conflicting Information on RFA, VOA Ban

Information Ministry officials on Tuesday gave contradictory accounts on whether the government is considering new rules barring radio stations from carrying broadcasts from U.S.-funded media outlets Radio Free Asia and Voice of America, adding to ambiguity surrounding the outlets’ fate in Cambodia.

A No Good, Very Bad Year for the US in Cambodia

To Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan, it all began with the Arab Spring.

Tax Head Threatens Daily With September 4 Closure

Cambodia’s top tax official pressed ahead on Saturday with warnings to shut down The Cambodia Daily and seize its assets over an alleged back tax bill of more than $6 million.

US Democracy NGO Joins Gov’t Doghouse

The National Democratic Institute became the latest U.S.-affiliated organization to face government allegations of wrongdoing on Wednesday night after its purported secrets spilled onto government-affiliated media.

Ministry Collecting Data on Foreign Media Organizations

The Information Ministry is collecting data on foreign media, including updated information on staff, ministry spokesman Ouk Kimseng said on Wednesday, as the Finance Ministry’s tax department defended investigations into two U.S.-funded media organizations as well as other outlets and NGOs.

US Businesses Give Cambodia Mixed Marks

U.S. companies doing business in Cambodia are optimistic about the country’s overall investment environment, but remain dissatisfied with the supply of cheap and skilled labor, corruption, tax structure, and attitudes toward the U.S., according to a new survey.

Future Forum Says Electoral Formula Favors Big Political Parties

In 2013, for the first time in its history, Funcinpec failed to capture a single National Assembly seat.

RFA, VOA Under Scrutiny Amid Tax Investigations

Two U.S.-funded radio broadcasters joined The Cambodia Daily and NGOs in what appeared to be a broadening and increasingly public Finance Ministry investigation into tax payments by institutions known for tense relationships with the government.

CNRP Proposal Seeks to Allow Migrants to Register, Vote Abroad

The CNRP’s detailed proposal to make it easier for migrants to register and vote will be submitted today to the National Assembly, opposition lawmaker Son Chhay said.