Four journalists arrested for extortion in Sihanoukville

Preah Sihanouk provincial police on September 8 arrested six people, including four journalists, for allegedly threatening and extorting money from a Chinese national.

Provincial Police Chief Chuon Narin said September 10 that police arrested the six for extortion and incitement to commit an offense after they received a complaint from the Chinese national, Zhang Kang, on September 6.

“We did not arrest them as journalists, but they were arrested for committing the red-handed crimes of incitement and threatening to extort money,” he said, adding that police only discovered that four of the suspects were journalists working for online news agencies after questioning them.

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