Two journalists summoned by Mondulkiri authority over report on illegal logging


Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima district administration summoned two journalists for questioning regarding their report on illegal logging in Keo Seima district.
The summons issued by the district administrative office asked both journalists, who live in Prey Veng province, to present themselves at the office on February 28, 2024.
The journalists from BPNC News and Dermkrosang Daily told CamboJA on February 29 and March 1, 2024, that they travelled to Mondulkiri on February 27, 2024, but when they arrived there, they were told that the meeting was suspended without reason.
The journalist from Dermkrosang Daily said he had written an article about an illegal logging activity involving a group of timber dealers in Keo Seima district, Mondulkiri province and dropped it in a Telegram group for journalists. On February 24, 2024, the article was published by another media outlet, BPNC News. But he later asked BPNC News to remove the article after he found a mistake in the report, relating to the location of illegal logging activity. In the original version, he wrote that the crime occurred in O' Raing district, but when it was published, it mentioned both O' Raing and Keo Seima district.
BPNC News publisher told CamboJA that he agreed to delete the article as per the journalist’s request two hours later. On February 26, he and the journalist from Dermkrosang Daily received a letter from Keo Seima district administrative office seeking clarification on the illegal logging report.
On March 1, 2024, CamboJA’s research and advocacy officer contacted Keo Seima district governor San Kim Eab to ask why the journalists were summoned for questioning regarding their report. However, he refused to comment, asking the CamboJA staff to instead meet him at the district hall and to bring along press card.

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CamboJA interviewed with Khan Panith and Pen La