On August 22, 2023, Cambodia’s national assembly was voting to elect Hun Manet, the son of outgoing premier Hun Sen, as the country’s next prime minister.
Lib Lib, a reporter for VOA, was at the national assembly to attend the press conference and report on the vote. He was able to enter the conference space before the press conference began.
Around 8:10 a.m., Lib Lib said national assembly officials kicked him out of the event. They did not give a reason, even when Lib Lib asked them why he was not allowed. Lib Lib was permitted to stay in the press room but was not allowed access to the conference space where the press conference was taking place.
The other reporters and videographers were allowed to stay. Lib Lib, the only reporter there from the US-backed media outlet Voice of America (VOA), was the only reporter that was forced out of the conference space.
VOA and reporters were previously denied access to the press conference held by Prime Minister Hun Sen in November 2022, following the ASEAN summit in Cambodia. The spokesperson for the Ministry of Information, Meas Sophorn, said that reporters from the two news outlets “never attended” the press conferences, and they allegedly “cut only a few points” from the conference speeches to publish.
the following picture was taken by Lib Lib, a VOA reporter, before he was kicked out of the conference room