Cambodia’s Hun Sen Blasts RFA Despite Promises of Welcome to ‘Return’

In a rare phone interview with Radio Free Asia, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has lambasted the U.S.-funded broadcaster despite recent conciliatory comments by his government suggesting RFA was welcome to resume its operations in the Southeastern Asian nation.

An RFA reporter in Washington called Hun Sen on Friday regarding another matter entirely—whether the FUNCINPEC party might be chosen as new partner with his one-party government. Hun Sen did not answer that question but launched into a tirade against RFA, accusing it of publishing false news. Prompted twice, he did not substantiate his accusation.

“Your radio is so bad. You can quote my statement on this. Your radio is so bad that I cannot speak with you. You broadcast differently from reality,” Hun Sen said.

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