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Thu, 27 April 2017

Carlsberg defends dismissals

Danish beer giant Carlsberg has defended its partner in Cambodia, Cambrew, after a food workers union accused the brewer of firing 21 union me

Thu, 27 April 2017

‘Adhoc 5’ may face more time

After informing two media outlets in separate interviews that the pre-trial detention of the so-called “Adhoc 5” had been extended, a Phnom Penh Municipal Court clerk yesterday retracted his statement, prompting one of the defence lawyers to speculate that the extension of their clients’ detention was a foregone conclusion. The speculation came just as it was announced that the five had been nominated for the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, along with two other finalists from El Salvador and Egypt.

Thu, 27 April 2017

Press freedom declines: RSF report

Cambodia's press freedom ranking has fallen four spots compared to last year, to 132 out of 180 countries, according to RSF's latest World Press Freedom Index. The 2017 index cited the high-profile killing of political commentator Kem Ley as an attempt to gag the media and critics. Ley was gunned down in a Phnom Penh service station last July, days after the release of an explosive Global Witness report mapping out Prime Minister Hun Sen’s family’s web of questionable business ties, a report Ley had commented on in the media.

Thu, 27 April 2017

Boeung Kak rally: Eight held in capital over WB protest

Daun Penh district security guards briefly arrested eight women outside World Bank headquarters yesterday morning during a peaceful demonstration for Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak community.

Thu, 27 April 2017

No immediate plan to change returnee policy

Despite the Foreign Ministry reiterating its request to suspend and renegotiate its repatriation agreement with the US – which allows for

Thu, 27 April 2017

Wildlife meat trade rampant

To get a sense of the wildlife in the forests of northeastern Cambodia, visitors need only visit Stung Treng’s central market, where – despite repeated attempts by conservation groups to crack down – illegally poached meat is sold o

Thu, 27 April 2017

As election nears, 400-plus new generals are minted

Prime Minister Hun Sen in February minted more than 400 new generals in yet another round of mass military promotions, which one observer characterised as a “loyalty scheme” deployed as elections approach.

Thu, 27 April 2017

Activists gather near palace to mark Chut Wutty’s death

To mark the five-year anniversary of the killing of environmental activist Chut Wutty, several dozen activists peacefully gathered by the Royal Palace yesterday to call for an investigation into his murder.
“Justice has not been delivered for him, so we are depending on the spiritual [world] to find justice for him,” environmentalist twins Chum Hout and Chum Hour said before offering their prayers. A roughly equal number of Daun Penh district police interrupted the gathering by blowing whistles and by confronting protesters physically.

Thu, 27 April 2017

When access is denied

At a conference on access to information yesterday, beleaguered RFA journalist Chun Chanboth acknowledged to attendees the challenges facing journalists reporting in Cambodia but noted that he couldn’t elaborate on them himself.

Thu, 27 April 2017

Actress banned for sexy clothing

The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts’ disciplinary council on Tuesday decided to suspend a music video actress from working in the entertainment industry for one year after her refusal to curb her sexy clothing style – an action th

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