Cambodia’s Hun Sen shutters independent radio station Voice of Democracy

One of Cambodia’s last remaining independent news organizations, Voice of Democracy (VOD), has ceased operations after strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen revoked its media license over the weekend, forcing all broadcasts off air.

Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the shutdown after saying VOD published “incorrect information” involving his son, Hun Manet, a lieutenant general and a high-level commander of the Royal Cambodian Army.

The radio station had previously reported that Lt. Gen. Hun Manet, a government deputy who is set to succeed his father as prime minister, allegedly signed off on $100,000 of aid to Turkey last week — an action that Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed only he has the authority to carry out.

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