Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Freed editor vows to fight govt corruption

Freed editor vows to fight govt corruption

Freed editor vows to fight govt corruption

EMBATTLED newspaper publisher Hang Chakra has vowed to continue printing hard-hitting stories critical of government officials after his recent release from Prey Sar prison, where he had been serving a one-year sentence for disinformation .

The editor and publisher of the Sam Rainsy Party-aligned Khmer Machas Srok newspaper was released from prison on Tuesday after receiving a Royal pardon.

“It is unbelievable that I could be free one day before the Khmer New Year, and I am very happy to reunite with my family,” Hang Chakra said Sunday.


Hang Chakra was imprisoned in June of last year after his newspaper published a series of stories alleging rampant corruption on the part of high-ranking officials in Deputy Prime Minister Sok An’s cabinet.
After being convicted and fined 9 million riels ($2,500), Hang Chakra wrote to Prime Minister Hun Sen on July 8 to apologise and pledged not to report on corruption in the future, stating that he had “repeatedly failed to act properly and seriously” while at the helm of the newspaper.

Hang Chakra also wrote a letter of apology to Sok An in September.

However, Hang Chakra said that next week he would again start publishing Khmer Machas Srok, which was forced to suspend publishing earlier this month due to financial reasons.

He denied speculation that he had defected to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.

“I will continue to ... publish a newspaper criticising corrupt individual government officials in order to serve my readers and society,” he said.

Pov Buntheoun, director of the Criminal Department at the Justice Ministry, said Hang Chakra was one of 43 prisoners granted early release after receiving a Royal pardon before Khmer New Year, and that another 119 prisoners were to receive sentence reductions.

King Norodom Sihamoni traditionally offers pardons to prisoners on four occasions each year: Khmer New Year, Visak Bochea Day, the Water Festival and the King’s birthday.


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all