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Banteay Meanchey civil servant Oeun Thy (center) signs a paper after his detention for criticizing rice prices, in a photo posted by the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Police on November 18, 2022.

Government Official Chastised for Rice-Price Critique

The Banteay Meanchey police detained and demanded an apology from a civil servant who criticized the government for weak rice prices in the country’s northwestern provinces, days after the Agriculture Ministry warned against any critical social media posts about rice prices.

A screenshot from a Youtube video promoting the website OL669, posted on September 29, 2022.

Warning Issued Over Football-Themed Investment Scam

The anti-cybercrime police said it was investigating complaints of fraud against a football-themed investment that allegedly lured people to send money before cutting off their withdrawals, and urged caution around online investments.

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at a press conference at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on November 13, 2022. (Hun Sen's Facebook page)

VOD, VOA Reporters Banned from PM’s Post-Asean Speech

Media advocacy organizations decried officials’ unexplained decision to ban reporters from news outlets VOD and VOA from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s press conference following the Asean Summit on Sunday.

NagaWorld protesters in Phnom Penh on November 11, 2022. (Lara Shaker/VOD)

Cambodian Activists Look to Joe Biden for Help During Asean

Cambodian activists and opposition politicians made a last-ditch effort to catch the attention of U.S. President Joe Biden before he arrived at the Asean Summit, hopeful that the U.S.’s self-image as a protector of democracy could help elevate their plight.

Khmer Thavrak activists sat in Freedom Park during their hunger strike on November 9, 2022. (Kuoy Longdy/VOD)

Hunger Strikers Warned They Must Leave Freedom Park

A small group of protesters camping out at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park say they have been told they must leave and continue their hunger strike in support of a jailed opposition activist at home.

Khmer Thavrak members dressed in orange prison-style jumpsuits march near Freedom Park during their hunger strike during the Asean Summit on November 9, 2022. (Kay Nara/VOD)

Protest Groups Undeterred by Asean Summit Ban

Land protesters have begun camping out at a controversial lake, activists are undertaking a hunger strike, and unionists will continue their casino protests despite threats of legal action for gathering during the Asean Summit.