Former VOD journalist harassed by Information Minister over SEA Games report

Description

Cambodian Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith hit back at a report by Nikkei Asia on the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), claiming that it was not factual.
The report, titled "SEA Games in Cambodia: Workers and athletes call buildup 'a mess'," was published on May 4. It described the challenges facing Cambodia in hosting the SEA Games, including traffic jams, poor living conditions for workers, and a lack of preparation for some events.
In a Facebook post on May 6, 2023, Kanharith called the report "discredited" and accused its author, Cambodian freelance journalist Mech Dara, of being a "cheap journalist" who serves the interests of foreigners.
"We recognize that Cambodia is not yet a paradise," Kanharith wrote. "But Cambodia's efforts to host the SEA Games have only been met with three photos and a discredited article written by Mech Dara and his foreign faction published in international media."
The SEA Games is a major sporting event held every two years in Southeast Asia. The 2023 SEA Games were hosted by Cambodia from May 5 to 16.

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Number of attacked persons or entities related to media
2
Do they work as freelance or media?
Yes
Position in media
Status of journalists
Gender
Male
Age
Country
Phnom Penh Capital
Full name or name of group
Identified
The name of perpetrator (individual/group)
Khieu Kanharith
Gender
Attack mention about gender background/sexual wording?
No
Date of incident
Type of incident
Online bullying
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Source: Screenshot minister’s Facebook