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Landfilling on Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake in March 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Boeng Tamok Evaporates Under Government, Developers’ Gaze

Among the first real estate offerings on Phnom Penh’s shrinking Boeng Tamok lake are being put up for sale. Marketing materials show only around 5% of the lake remaining as water in the midst of development projects, military and police bases and state buildings.

Seng Chan Theary, a defendant in the case, protesting outside a Phnom Penh court on May 3, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

A CNRP Mass Trial Closes With Pleas for Justice

Defendants in an opposition mass trial argued at their final hearing that they were victims of a political war between Prime Minister Hun Sen and exiled politician Sam Rainsy, and asked for justice.

Journalists gather across the street from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on January 15, 2020 for opposition leader Kem Sokha’s treason trial. (Matt Surrusco/VOD)

Press Freedom and Three Years of VOD English

Today is Press Freedom Day. It is also the third anniversary of VOD English. We remain committed to strong, independent journalism — regardless of pressures. Below, we’ve collected some of our best photography from the year, as well as a list of some of the restrictions we’ve faced.

A district security guard blocks a journalist covering the NagaWorld casino labor dispute on March 15, 2022.

Opinion: Defending the News That’s Fit to Print

Assaults on news media leave a huge gap, too easily filled by social media disinformation. Chaos in information plays out well for autocrats, who are happy to demonize those challenging false narratives, writes Annie Game, director of free expression group IFEX.

Bank and microfinance institution offices in Phnom Penh (Matt Surrusco)

World Bank-Linked Watchdog Accepts Complaint on ‘Reckless’ Microloans

The watchdog group within World Bank sister organization International Finance Corporation (IFC) will assess a wide swath of the Cambodian microfinance sector after accepting a complaint alleging these lenders’ practices have caused social harms, civil society groups announced today.

Poipet border checkpoint. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Briefs: Poipet Border Reopens, Water Plant Coming to Thirsty Borey

Travelers with vaccines and proper identification can now cross into Thailand via the Poipet International Border Gate. The Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority claimed it will have a clean drinking water plant ready by next year for residents of a Borey Piphup Thmey property whose residents say temporary water tanks are not enough to quench their thirst.

A woman wearing a mask sits behind police barricades during the strike against Nagaworld on December 19, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Opinion: Is Protest Contradictory to Cambodian Womanhood?

City Hall has said that NagaWorld women protesters have shown behavior “not suitable as Khmer women.” But why is this protest, and so many others in Cambodia, made up of mostly women? And is the act of protest really contradictory to the idea of Cambodian womanhood?

Malaysian ambassador Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim on April 25, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Malaysian Ambassador: Citizen Rescues More Frequent, Less Violence

Malaysian ambassador Eldeen Hasaini Mohd Hashim discussed the labor issues surrounding online gambling and scam work in Cambodia, the shifting nature of worker recruitment, and diplomatic approaches to addressing the issue amid ongoing citizen rescues.

Heart Party founder Seam Pluk and his lawyer Choung Choungy leave the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh on December 24, 2021. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Minor Party Founder Arrested Over Forgery Charge

The founder of a minor party was arrested and imprisoned after failing to show up for questioning for allegedly using forged documents while trying to register his party last year.