Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Journalists’ arrested for illegal roadblock in Kampong Thom



‘Journalists’ arrested for illegal roadblock in Kampong Thom

A Forestry Administration official (left) walks with authorities in Kampong Thom province earlier this week after he was arrested for operating an illegal checkpoint. Photo supplied
A Forestry Administration official (left) walks with authorities in Kampong Thom province earlier this week after he was arrested for operating an illegal checkpoint. Photo supplied

‘Journalists’ arrested for illegal roadblock in Kampong Thom

Two journalists and a Forestry Administration official alleged to have been extorting farmers in Santuk district were yesterday set free by Kampong Thom military police, despite multiple eyewitness statements.

The trio were identified by provincial director of military police investigations Bun Khy as Mey Rotha and Soy Vor of Thebpadey and Domneng Knong Srok newspapers, respectively, two seldom-printed publications, and Hieng Bunthoeun, of the provincial Forestry Administration. They were arrested at 11pm on Wednesday in Kraya commune’s O’Thom village.

“The crackdown was carried out after villagers reported that an illegal roadblock had been set up to demand bribes of 50,000 to 100,000 riel [$12.5 to $25] from vehicles hauling agricultural goods,” Khy said.

Sure enough, at 11pm that evening, the trio were manning an illegal roadblock in O’Thom and were taken in by police. But 10 hours later, they were released without charge as arresting officers had not personally seen them attempting to extort anyone.

“However, before freeing them, our experts educated them and got them to thumbprint a contract to stop setting illegal roadblocks,” Khy said.

Meanwhile in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district, five police officers were arrested on Wednesday over allegations they had been demanding bribes. District police chief Mok Hong declined to comment, directing enquiries to municipal police chief Choun Sovann.

“We need to educate the police officers and that’s our obligation, so there’s no need for us to tell journalists about it,” Sovann said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • SBI LY HOUR Bank Launches Cross Border Money Transfer Service between Cambodia and Vietnam on RippleNet, utilizing DLT

    SBI LY HOUR Bank Plc and Hanoi-based Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) on Friday launched the first Cambodia-Vietnam money transfer service in real currency via RippleNet, provided by SBI Ripple Asia Co Ltd to provide safe, fast and convenient services. SBI LY HOUR

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

    Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to explore potential

  • Nine US franchises eye Cambodia debut

    Nine famous US franchising companies are looking for business opportunities and expansion into Cambodia to build a footstep for a strong foundation in Southeast Asia. The US embassy in Phnom Penh, in partnership with the US Foreign Commercial Service and with support from the American

  • Lost in translation: ‘Starvation’ in capital’s designated red zones

    “DACH bay” is a Khmer slang meaning a “loss of income”, that could also be literally translated to «deprived of rice”, which alludes to starvation. However, civil society organisation (CSO) officials have independently confirmed the government’s prior assertions that there are no cases of