The European Union should ramp up sanctions against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government in Cambodia after a third reporter in three months was arrested for “inciting chaos,” Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Tuesday.
A decision looms in Brussels next month over whether to withdraw Cambodia’s preferential trade treatment in response to a government crackdown on the political opposition, independent media and civil society launched three years ago. The reporters are the most recent of a long line of figures to be arrested.
Ros Sokhet, the publisher of the Cheat Khmer (Khmer Nation) newspaper, was arrested on June 25 on a warrant issued the previous day by the Cybercrime Bureau of the Phnom Penh Municipal Police for “incitement to cause chaos and harm social security” under Article 495 of the Criminal Code.
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