Ex-Cambodia Daily Reporters Reject Incitement Charge As Case Heads to Trial

Rights groups have routinely called the charges politically motivated and an attempt by the government to intimidate local and international journalists working in Cambodia.

An alleged incitement case against two former Cambodia Daily journalists will be heard by the Ratanakkiri Provincial Court on December 25, more than two years after they were first charged for reporting on a story in the province.

Former Cambodia Daily reporters, Aun Pheap and Canadian Zsombor Peter, were charged by Ratanakkiri provincial authorities for “incitement,” while covering a story in the province prior to the 2017 Commune Election. The story revolved around why Pate commune was the only constituency won by the opposition in the 2012 ballot.

The charges were filed after local officials told the two journalists to not interview locals in the province’s Pate commune, without providing any official reasons for the request. If convicted, the two reporters could be sentenced to up to two years in prison.

In full: https://www.voacambodia.com/a/ex-cambodia-daily-reporters-reject-incitement-charge-as-case-heads-to-trial/5218836.html

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