Journalists complain of detention after trespassing

Eight journalists were earlier this month detained by police overnight after they “unknowingly” entered a private plantation in Ratanakiri province.

Chiep Sambath, one of the eight journalists, said the group was visiting Hatpak village, in Veun Sai district’s Hatpak commune, on March 20 to report on school closures. However, when they arrived, the villagers told them that outsiders were not allowed to enter because it was a traditional day of celebration.

The journalists “rushed out” on a different road because the villagers said they would demand a pig or cow from them under village rules, Sambath said. “After leaving the village, the journalists unknowingly entered SK Company land because the company had no fences, no guards, banners or signs to mark the company’s location,” he said.

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