Espionage trial to begin for former Radio Free Asia reporters in Cambodia

Cambodia should drop espionage charges against two former Radio Free Asia reporters and stop using anti-state charges to harass journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

On July 26, Uon Chhin, a videographer, and Yeang Sothearin, previously a news editor at the U.S. Congress-funded station, are due to appear in Phnom Penh Municipal Court to face criminal anti-state charges, according to Radio Free Asia spokesperson Rohit Mahajan, who communicated with CPJ by email.

In September 2017, Radio Free Asia closed its Phnom Penh bureau and suspended its news operations under official pressure related to its registration status, as CPJ reported at the time.

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