Cambodia rejects ‘biased’ concerns over news outlet closure

Cambodia on Tuesday hit back at “politically driven” and “biased” concerns from Western governments over the shutdown of one of the country’s last independent media outlets ahead of national elections.

Online Khmer- and English-language outlet Voice of Democracy (VOD) stopped broadcasting on Monday. Prime Minister Hun Sen had ordered its licence revoked over what he said was an erroneous report about his eldest son.

Late Monday night the United States said it was “deeply concerned” by the “abrupt” closure of the broadcaster, adding to a chorus of criticism over Phnom Penh’s actions.

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