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The Candlelight Party’s campaign rally in Phnom Penh on May 21, 2022. (Roun Ry/VOD)

Campaigning Kicks Off for June 5 Commune Election

VOD reporters followed the launch of the official campaigning period for the June 5 commune election on Saturday morning. The Candlelight Party held a march through Phnom Penh, while the ruling CPP conducted gatherings within communes. Other parties like the Grassroots Democratic Party and the Khmer National United Party also kicked off their campaigning.

Prime Minister Hun Sen and former opposition leader Kem Sokha meet at the funeral of Hun Neng in Kampong Cham province on May 8, 2022. (Kem Sokha’s Facebook page)

Briefs: EU Puts Full EBA Withdrawal on Table, Kem Sokha Meets Hun Sen

The European Union Parliament last Thursday condemned the political persecution faced by Cambodian opposition parties ahead of elections in June and 2023, even suggesting the possibility of a full EBA suspension if the balloting was not free and fair. Former CNRP president Kem Sokha paid his respects to Prime Minister Hun Sen at the funeral of the latter’s brother, Hun Neng.

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.

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.