Cambodia’s Hun Sen urges media to tell the truth

Last week, in a letter to the Cambodian Editor Forum, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen wrote a statement which seems to counter his alleged actions in the lead up to the country’s controversial July 2018 general election: “News media should dare to speak the truth.”

Hun Sen, however, has been accused of not only jailing his opponents – making the July election a supposed farce – but in May 2018, his administration had also purportedly clamped down on media freedom.

In that month a report by Freedom House claimed “the State has steadily purged critical voices from the information landscape ahead of national elections in July.” This was following the purchase of the Phnom Penh Post by a Malaysian investor, Sivakumar S Ganapathy, with alleged links to Hun Sen.

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