Trial Date for Ex-Cambodia Daily Reporters Set for Christmas

The first hearing in a trial against two former Cambodia Daily journalists is scheduled for December 25, more than two years after they were accused of incitement over their reporting in Ratanakiri province ahead of the 2017 commune elections, their lawyer and a court clerk said on Friday.

Journalist defenders and human rights groups called the case a “frame-up” and an “absurd decision” that would intimidate reporters, promote self-censorship and limit press freedom in the country.

One of the accused journalists said the case — stemming from a court complaint from a then-commune chief who they interviewed and two others — was “completely baseless.”

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