Cambodian Ministry Threatens Independent Media Outlet With Closure

The Ministry of Agriculture says that CambojaNews could go the way of VOD, a bilingual news site that was shut down in February.

Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture has threatened an independent media outlet with closure in response to an article about a violent attack on a government critic, in a test of press freedom for the new administration of Prime Minister Hun Manet.


On September 14, the news site CambojaNews published an article about a September 12 attack on Ny Nak, a fertilizer producer and seller of fruit trees from the capital Phnom Penh, who it described as “a vocal critic of government policies.”

According to the international rights group Human Rights Watch, the attack took place on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, where a group of three or four men in black uniforms and helmets forced Nak’s motorbike off the road and then beat him with steel batons.

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