PHNOM PENH – The Overseas Press Club of Cambodia has serious concerns about the charges of “incitement to commit a felony” leveled against fellow journalists Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter, who were reporting on the 2017 commune elections in Rattanakiri province.
The charges come following complaints from Rmam Yout, a commune chief in Rattanakiri province, who accused Peter and veteran reporter Aun Pheap of allegedly trying to “incite” villagers during a routine interview for an article.
The OPCC condemns the harassment of journalists for simply doing their jobs. Journalists and media outlets should not feel threatened. The charges against Pheap and Peter, plus the Ministry of Information statement announcing the refusal of press credentials for former Cambodia Daily and Radio Free Asia journalists, undermines a free and healthy press in the Kingdom.