US calls on Cambodia to reverse course on closing media outlet

The United States on Monday called on the Cambodian government to reverse course after it revoked the media license of one of the country’s last independent news outlets.

Prime Minister Hun Sen targeted Voice of Democracy (VOD) over the weekend over a report saying that his son and heir apparent, Lt. Gen. Hun Manet, had signed off on foreign aid to help Turkey’s earthquake recovery.

The long-serving prime minister accused the outlet of damaging the “dignity and reputation” of the government, as only he had the authority to approve such aid, and ordered VOD to cease broadcasting by 10 a.m. Monday.

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