Court Delays Hearing Against Cambodia Daily Reporters

A provincial court delayed a hearing against former Cambodia Daily reporters Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter on Wednesday for an indefinite period, citing the absence of a judge.

The pair is being tried at the Ratanakiri Provincial Court in a case that some observers decried as intimidation against journalists. They were charged with “incitement to commit a felony” after they interviewed villagers about their voting decisions prior to commune elections in 2017. Pate commune was the only commune in the province that elected now-outlawed opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) candidates in the 2012 commune elections.

Presiding Judge Kong Taing Meng said the hearing would be postponed indefinitely. “[Consulting] Judge Chanseyha has a special mission to India based on the request from the Ministry of Justice,” he said.

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