Matt Surrusco
Nop Vy, CamboJA’s board chairman (left), shakes hands with EU Ambassador Carmen Moreno at the CamboJA launch event on December 13, 2019 in Phnom Penh. (CamboJA)

New Journalists’ Group Vows to Defend Reporters, Free Press

A new journalists’ association, the Cambodian Journalists Alliance (CamboJA), vowed to promote press freedom and independent newsgathering, and defend and help professionalize local reporters during a launch event on Friday.

Aun Pheap, a former Cambodia Daily reporter, at his desk in the newsroom in Phnom Penh on September 3, 2017, when staff produced the final issue of the newspaper (Ben Woods)

Trial Date for Ex-Cambodia Daily Reporters Set for Christmas

The first hearing in a trial against two former Cambodia Daily journalists is scheduled for December 25, more than two years after they were accused of incitement over their reporting in Ratanakiri province ahead of the 2017 commune elections, their lawyer and a court clerk said on Friday.

Activist Kung Raiya upon his release on bail from Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh on November 29, 2019, with his wife holding their daughter (Supplied)

Activist Kung Raiya Released on Bail

Dissident Kung Raiya, who faces up to two years in prison on charges related to his printing of T-shirts with murdered political analyst Kem Ley’s image and words, will be released on bail, a court spokesman and his lawyer said on Friday.

Prime Minister Hun Sen meets with Federica Mogherini, high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy and vice president of the European Commission, in Brussels on October 18, 2018. (European External Action Service)

EU’s EBA Concerns Span Press, Politics, Unions

The European Union has called on Cambodia to protect labor and human rights associated with land titling, press freedom, political participation, trade union organizing for teachers and informal workers, and other areas of concern, in order to keep its duty-free trade access to the bloc.