Cambodia: Hun Sen holds control of media ahead of election

Cambodia's authoritarian prime minister and his party face little opposition in the upcoming general election. Access to free media in the country remains restricted.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is going into the general election later this month virtually unopposed, after banning the nation’s main opposition party and clamping down on independent media outlets.

Hun Sen has ruled the Southeast Asian country for nearly four decades and is looking to maintain his grip on power. He is seeking another five-year term for himself and the ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP), which holds all 125 seats in the National Assembly.

Critics say Hun Sen has eliminated any real opposition to ensure that no one challenges his rule. The upcoming election set for July 23 harkens back to Cambodia’s much-criticized 2018 vote, during which the now defunct opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) was banned from running.

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