Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ACU accuses journalists of extorting deputy governor

ACU accuses journalists of extorting deputy governor

ACU accuses journalists of extorting deputy governor

Three journalists were sent to court in Kampot province on Monday after the Anti-Corruption Unit finished questioning them in Phnom Penh for allegedly extorting money from an unnamed deputy governor.

Meas Rithy, a news anchor for Hang Meas TV, said his reporter Sor Sunly was sent to court, but that he was unaware of any specific charges.

“They were sent to the court on Monday afternoon after they were arrested by the ACU and brought to Phnom Penh,” he said, adding that they have been accused of extorting $1,000 from the official.

The journalists – Sor Sunly, who also reports for Kampuchea Thmey, Tol Hok Ly, a reporter for TV 9, and Sok Sovann, who used to work for Apsara TV but is now employed as a construction worker, according to Rithy – were arrested on Friday in Kampot.

ACU head Om Yengtieng did not answer a request for comment.


  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman