Canadian journalist Zsombor Peter, facing criminal charge in Cambodia, urges Ottawa to denounce case

A Canadian journalist who was charged two years ago with incitement to commit a felony while covering an election campaign in Cambodia says he wants to know why the Canadian government has not publicly denounced the case as the trial moves ahead for Christmas Day.

Zsombor Peter said he was working as a reporter for the English-language newspaper The Cambodia Daily in May, 2017, when he travelled to Ratanakiri Province with Cambodian colleague, Aun Pheap, to report on country-wide community elections.

“We had gone simply to find out what was on the minds of registered voters as the polls approached. We spent most of a day interviewing villagers in Pate commune at random about their political leanings and related thoughts and concerns,” he said in an e-mail.

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