Three journalists beaten up while reporting on a gambling activity

Description

Three journalists from Sameang Hot News in Banteay Meanchey were assaulted by a group of people while preparing to report live on Facebook regarding a gambling activity in Poi Pet town.
On March 1, 2024, reporters from Sameang Hot News told CamboJA that they had received information of illegal gambling activities in Phsar Kandal commune.
The journalists went to observe the place on March 1, 2024, and noticed that there were indeed people gambling there.
A journalist from Sameang Hot News said that on March 2, 2024 eight journalists from three different institutions went to the place to report on the activity. That was about 8pm, he said. After he had taken some pictures and prepared to report live, a group of people appeared and beat the journalists using sticks and rocks.
Their equipment, including two smartphones, two tripods, two walkie-talkies and two cars were damaged. Video clips of the incident showed the journalists being beaten up by the group of people.
The journalists immediately filed a complaint with the commune police but no action was taken.
The publisher of Sameang Hot News told CamboJA that the journalists filed a complaint with the Poi Pet police as the commune police failed to take action.
Poi Pet police officer told CamboJA that the journalists were asked to go in for a meeting on March 9, 2024 based on their complaint, but they did not appear and asked to meet on March 11 instead.
The police said the journalists again did not appear at Poi Pet police office on the second appointment.
According to the journalist, he did not go to the police office because he did not receive an official letter from police.
Meanwhile, the police said, the case has already been sent to the provincial court on March 13 for further action.

Information
Number of attacked persons or entities related to media
3
Do they work as freelance or media?
Yes
Position in media
Status of journalists
Gender
Male
Age
Country
Banteay Meanchey
Full name or name of group
Unidentified
Attack mention about gender background/sexual wording?
No
Date of incident
Type of incident
Physical assaults (include death, injury, abduction)
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CamboJA interviewed with three journalists