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Publisher may file complaint over threat

THE publisher of a Khmer-language newspaper said Tuesday that he is considering filing a complaint with the Interior Ministry after receiving an anonymous letter on Sunday in which the writer threatened to kill him and his staff.

Soy Sopheap, publisher of Deum Ampil News (DAP) and a commentator for Bayon TV, said he suspects that the letter, delivered to his office by a man on a motorbike, was motivated by a series of stories printed in his paper.

“Now I am waiting to see how serious this is, and then I will file a complaint to the Ministry of Interior,” he said.

He said the threat had probably come in response to stories published in DAP accusing two men of fraud.

“I am not scared of the threat,” he said. “I wanted to laugh when I saw this letter, because we are no longer in a war regime.”

The Club of Cambodian Journalists issued a statement expressing concern about the threat, and called on authorities to arrest those responsible for the letter.

“CCJ considers the letter a serious threat,” the statement reads.



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