Tuesday News Roundup

From Human Rights Watch
Cambodia: Hun Sen Seeks to Shut Major Rights Group
Says Cambodian Center for Human Rights ‘Must Close’.


From Asia Times
Is Hun Sen secretly insecure?
Leaked tapes reveal Cambodia’s combative ruler may be having second thoughts on a no-contest election.


From UCA News
Silencing of opposition also chokes Hun Sen’s critics
Civil society leaders say independent voices are fearful of speaking out in current repressive political climate.


From Phnom Penh Post
Journos thank PM for ‘freedom’
The Club of Cambodian Journalists thanked Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday night during an annual convention after the premier pledged to the group his commitment to press freedom, just months after nearly 20 radio outlets and the Cambodia Daily were shuttered, and while two former Radio Free Asia journalists are under investigation for allegedly unlawfully sending information abroad to their former employer.


From Sydney Morning Herald
Australian James Ricketson accused of spying in Cambodia pleads to leave jail
Bangkok: Accused Australian spy James Ricketson has pleaded to be released from Cambodia’s harshest jail so he can continue the charity work for Phnom Penh’s poor which he has been doing for more than 20 years.

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