RCAF General Pol Sinuon who threatened to shoot a reporter for addressing him by
his informal name, has claimed the threat was only a joke, local media reported.
Chim Chenda, a reporter for Kampuchea Thmey, angered General Sinuon after
greeting him as "Brother Nuon" in a Battambang restaurant. The general demanded
Chim "get on his knees and apologize," or he would kill him, according to the
Cambodian Association for the Protection of Journalists (CAPJ). Chim filed a
suit against the general in the Battambang provincial court. CAPJ refused to
accept Sinuon's claim that he was joking, while the Southeast Asian Press
Alliance and the International Federation of Journalists are joining CAPJ in
demanding a full investigation into the situation.