HRW Says Cambodia Should Release Two Former RFA Journalists

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Cambodian authorities should drop charges against two former RFA journalists, saying their arrest two years ago Thursday was part of a campaign to intimidate journalists.

Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin were taken into custody on November 14, 2017 and charged with “illegally collecting information for a foreign source” under Article 445 of the Criminal Code, an offense punishable by a prison term of from seven to 15 years. Additional charges were added in March 2018, alleging that the two men had illegally produced pornography.

A judge in Phnom Penh ruled last month that there was insufficient evidence against the two men but sent the case for re-investigation instead of dismissing it.

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