Radio journalist summoned for questioning over incitement


A freelance journalist from Women’s Community Voice Radio in Kratie province was summoned by a provincial court for questioning after he reported on a protest by indigenous people against the environmental authority.

The journalist was accused of inciting people to burn down the environmental office which occurred on August 5, 2023, in Sre Chis commune, Ou Krieng Senchey district.

He was first questioned by the Ministry of Environment in Phnom Penh on August 16, 2023, with eight other villagers. During the meeting with the ministry, the officer agreed to remove his name from the list of accused. But on March 2, 2024, he was summoned to appear before the provincial court for questioning on March 18, 2024.

He said the provincial court’s investigative judge asked him to submit documents to prove that he was a journalist.

“On the day of the incident, people in the village told me that many people were gathering at the environmental office, so I went with them to cover the event,” he said. “When I arrived there, the office was already on fire, so I took pictures and videos.”

At the time, he said, he brought his press card to show that he is a journalist.

The report was broadcast and published on Women’s Community Voice Radio in Kratie.

“I believe that this is a threat because they know I work as a journalist and have reported on some issues in the community that affect the officers,” he said, adding that he has reported issues about the environment and land dispute before.

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