Land Management Minister Chea Sophara called out two female reporter for VOD during a public forum, asking them to stand next to him and not to move, and asking one of his bodyguards to write down their names. During a meeting with the Preah Dal community in Siem Reap province, the minister accused the independent outlet of shoddy reporting, and ordered the journalists — a foreigner and a Cambodian — to stand near him so they would not confuse his words. He also said young journalists translate improperly and like to lie in an attempt to attract more readers. “Please stay here until the meeting has finished and do not move anywhere yet” Sophara said. One of the reporters, who asked to remain anonymous, told CamboJA that the comments and directives made her feel nervous, and said she viewed Sophara’s actions as an attempt to threaten her and other media outlets
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