Journalist threatened by district governor with legal action for reporting on illegal construction
On November 8, a journalist from Koh Santepheap News [Choam Pisamay] was verbally intimidated by Battambang Province, Ek Phnom District’s governor, who threatened to take legal action against him after he reported on illegal construction polluting the Steung Sanke river.
The report criticized the governor’s decision to allow individual businesses to fill parts of the river.
He was told by district authorities that the governor was seeking evidence to sue him for disseminating fake news. He said after his reporting, someone called him, offering money in exchange for removing the article, but he refused.
A statement from the district authority posted on Facebook page denied the report, claiming that it was fake news.