Cambodian Police Bar Journalists From Covering Investigations

Should the rounding up of dissidents and other criminal investigations simply be ignored?

Cambodian press coverage has taken another hit after the General Commissariat of National Police banned journalists from covering police investigations amid warnings that legal action would be taken against any reporter caught violating the directive.

It was a blunt warning and disturbing, given that a decree from the police can seemingly override a constitution that is supposed to guarantee press freedom.

Issued last Friday, Lt. Gen. Sar Theth, chief of Phnom Penh Municipal Police, said that the directive would enable his officers to perform their duties without interference from reporters.

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