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A lbokator trainee, in Kampong Chhnang province’s Rolea Ba’ier district. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

Pride as Lbokator Martial Art Recognized by Unesco

Unesco has put Cambodia’s Lbokator martial art on its cultural world heritage list, as elated local officials and practitioners say they hope it will spur efforts to preserve the tradition.

Local Reporter Files Complaint Against Bavet City Police Chief

A journalist in Svay Rieng province has filed a complaint against the Bavet City police chief, saying the officer ordered journalists to delete a live video about a traffic accident before threatening to handcuff them and then deleting the video himself.

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.

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.