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Trial Date for Ex-Cambodia Daily Reporters Set for Christmas

The first hearing in a trial against two former Cambodia Daily journalists is scheduled for December 25, more than two years after they were accused of incitement over their reporting in Ratanakiri province ahead of the 2017 commune elections, their lawyer and a court clerk said on Friday.

Hun Sen Says He Wants Constructive Criticism From Media

News media should dare to speak the truth — especially against the “fake news” spread by “the outlawed rebel group and opportunists with foreigners behind them,” Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a letter to the Cambodian Editor Forum on Thursday.

No Foreigners Questioned in Foreign Conspiracy Case, Sokha Lawyer Says

A lawyer for opposition leader Kem Sokha on Wednesday said no foreigner had been questioned during the more than two-year court investigation into allegations that Sokha conspired with a foreign power against the government.

Locals Struggle to Adapt to Sihanoukville’s Chinese-Led Business Boom

Chorn Bork says the grilled-squid business isn’t what it used to be on Sihanoukville’s O’Chheuteal Beach.

Investigation Underway After Pagoda Collapse Kills 3

Land management officers and court officials have begun an investigation into the causes and blame for the collapse of an under-construction pagoda dining hall on Monday that killed three people and injured at least 13 others.

Kem Sokha’s Lawyer Disappointed by Trial Announcement

The treason case against opposition leader Kem Sokha is headed to trial, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court announced on Monday, a decision his lawyer said was regrettable.

Angkor Park Ticket Sales, Chinese Visitors Decline

The numbers of visitors to and overall ticket revenues from Angkor Archaeological Park has dropped by about 14 percent in the first 11 months of this year compared to the same period in 2018, the park’s state-run operator said on Sunday.

Activist Kung Raiya Released on Bail

Dissident Kung Raiya, who faces up to two years in prison on charges related to his printing of T-shirts with murdered political analyst Kem Ley’s image and words, was released on bail on Friday afternoon, his lawyer said.

World Bank Warns of Economic Risks Amid Strong Growth

Possible E.U. trade sanctions, rising indebtedness and slowing foreign investment — which “peaked” last year — pose substantial risks to the Cambodian economy despite continuing strong growth, the World Bank said in its latest country update.

Nuon Chea’s Genocide Conviction Stands, but ‘Final Judgement’ Left Unsaid

Khmer Rouge second-in-command Nuon Chea’s genocide conviction will stand following his death nearly four months ago, but a “final judgement” on his guilt or innocence could not be handed down since his demise ended the appeal process, the tribunal that convicted him has said.

Hun Sen Wants to Nourish ‘Beautiful Chapters’ With Trump

Cambodia and the U.S. have been through “ups and downs” together, but their bonds of friendship can still be renewed, Prime Minister Hun Sen wrote in a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Radio Stations Welcome — but Worry About — Possible Return of VOA, RFA

U.S.-funded broadcasters Voice of America and Radio Free Asia have been given a tentative green light to return to Cambodian airwaves — a development some local radio stations welcomed, but with trepidation.

Indigenous Communities Want More Transparency Around Mining Projects

Indigenous community representatives told a forum on extractive industries on Friday that they were concerned about the effects mining projects in their areas could have on their health and livelihoods, and asked that they be better informed by companies and the government.

Gov’t Discourages Terrifying EBA News Reports

Government spokesman Phay Siphan on Thursday appealed to media outlets to stop seeing the potential loss of duty-free trade with the E.U. as “an evil that is terrifying for Cambodia.”

EU’s EBA Concerns Span Press, Politics, Unions

The European Union has called on Cambodia to protect labor and human rights associated with land titling, press freedom, political participation, trade union organizing for teachers and informal workers, and other areas of concern, in order to keep its duty-free trade access to the bloc.

EU Submits EBA Report to Government

The E.U. on Tuesday sent the Cambodian government its preliminary report on the possible suspension of duty-free trade over political and human rights concerns, the bloc said in a statement.

After Kem Sokha Meeting, US Advises Gov’t to Drop Charges

A day after having his court restrictions relaxed, opposition leader Kem Sokha on Monday met with the French and U.S. ambassadors at his home, though he refrained from speaking to journalists because he was unclear whether it would violate his ban on participating in politics.

Poipet Military Police Detain VOD Journalists for Three Hours

Two VOD journalists were detained for three hours at the Poipet military police headquarters on Saturday after reporting on border security in the area.

Kem Sokha Allowed to Leave Home, but Ordered to Remain in Cambodia

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha has been released from de facto house arrest following a 2017 arrest on widely criticized treason charges, but remains under court supervision, according to a court statement published by government-aligned Fresh News Sunday.

Rainsy Heads to Asia but ‘All Routes to Cambodia for Us Are Closed’

CNRP acting president Sam Rainsy, who had pledged to return to Cambodia today with aims of putting the nation on a democratic path, will arrive in an undisclosed Asian country this afternoon, opposition vice president Mu Sochua said.