Cambodian authorities must immediately release journalist Sok Oudom from custody, drop any charges against him, and restore his news outlet’s operating license, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
On May 13, authorities in Kampong Chhnang City arrested Oudom, owner of the local Rithysen 99.75 FM radio station and news website, and on May 15 the Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court charged him with incitement to commit a felony, according to news reports. He is being held in pre-trial detention, according to those reports.
The charges stemmed from a May 12 news broadcast aired on the station about a local land dispute, which authorities alleged incited people to encroach on state-owned land, those news reports said. If convicted, Oudom could face up to two years in jail and a fine of four million riel ($1,000), according to reports.