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Member of journalist league attacked

A member of the League of Cambodian Journalists filed a complaint with Siem Reap provincial police against a logger who allegedly beat him after he took photographs of the logger’s operations.

Seu Sovann, 37, who identified himself as a reporter for the LCJ, said yesterday that Suoy Earl came to his house in Konchon Ron village in Varin district’s Prasat commune on Friday after he had taken photographs of Suoy Earl’s logging operations.

“I have complained to provincial police against the logger and I demand he be punished and compensate me,” said Seu Sovann, adding that he wanted US$3,000 in compensation.

Seu Sovann said that he was beaten on his body and Suoy Earl had tried to beat him with a wooden bat but villagers intervened.

“[Suoy Earl] has attempted to kill me and he claims he would not live in Varin district any longer if he could not kill me,” said Seu Sovann.

Poeng Chindareth, chief of Siem Reap province’s light crime office, said that he had already sent the case to the provincial court for investigation.

Suoy Earl declined to comment yesterday.

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