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Second gov’t journo jailed

A reporter for ruling party-owned Apsara TV was arrested on Thursday in Preah Vihear town and hit with a raft of charges including extortion, according to provincial court officials.

Chhoeun Chan was also charged with interfering in public functions and actions creating a misunderstanding with the public service, deputy prosecutor Long Sitha said.

On February 11, Tith Sro, a journalist from state news agency AKP, was arrested in Preah Vihear after allegedly stopping a truck carrying luxury timber and trying to extort the driver, deputy provincial police chief Lon Vanna said. At the time provincial police had told the Post they were also searching for Chan, who had fled.

But a reporter in Preah Vihear said yesterday on condition of anonymity that the Apsara TV reporter did not believe police were seeking him and thus “lived normally” until his arrest.

Apsara TV head Nop Channarin said he believed Chan had been wrongly implicated.

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