Cambodian authorities have launched a disinformation campaign to intimidate critics ahead of the planned return this week from self-exile of the acting head of the country’s main opposition group.
The campaign has mostly revolved around mischaracterizing statements from Cambodia National Rescue Party co-founder Sam Rainsy. Authorities have also released over 30 seemingly forced “confession” videos from his supporters.
Following a strong showing in the 2017 commune elections, the CNRP was dissolved for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government, allowing Prime Minister Hun Sen to claim all 125 seats in parliament.
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