Cambodian Reporters’ Legal Limbo Traumatizes Their Families

Surrounded by a scrum of journalists bristling with equipment and shouting questions, 8-year-old Yeang Socheata has the been-here-done-that air of a person twice her height.

Her hand firmly intertwined with her father’s, she ignores uniformed security guards trying to keep the crowd contained.

Her father, Yeang Sothearin, 36, and his colleague, Uon Chhin, 50, are the two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporters arrested in Cambodia in November 2017. They denied charges of espionage and producing pornography. Their lawyer said they had only been doing their jobs as journalists.

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