U.S.-funded broadcasters Voice of America and Radio Free Asia have been given a tentative green light to return to Cambodian airwaves — a development some local radio stations welcomed, but with trepidation.
VOA and RFA were among news outlets cut off from FM broadcasting in Cambodia in 2017 as dozens of local stations were shuttered. Around the same time, independent newspaper The Cambodia Daily closed under pressure due to a disputed tax bill, RFA shuttered its local office, two RFA journalists were arrested for espionage, opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested for treason, and the main opposition CNRP was dissolved.
The government accused VOA and RFA of being part of a U.S. attempt to foment “color revolution” in the country.
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