Reporter’s Notebook: ‘No Hun Sen. I Do Not Work for Washington. I Am an Independent Journalist’

During a live broadcast and under the watchful eyes of dozens of other journalists, I tried to stay strong as Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, reacted to my question—one no other reporter had dared ask.

In an extended back and forth, Hun Sen said VOA twisted the news and asked me to swear on my life that my questions weren’t planted. Throughout the exchange, I expected security to escort me from the briefing.

The prime minister’s accusations were nothing new. Many government officials have accused me of working for foreigners to destroy peace in Cambodia.

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