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A motorist rides past political party billboards in Kampong Cham province's Sdao commune on May 8, 2022.

‘Color Revolution’ Activist Now Seeks Elected Office

Kung Raiya has gone to jail for seeking a “color revolution” and later for selling Kem Ley commemorative T-shirts. The prison stints initially deterred him from being politically active, but with three weeks to go for the June election he is running for commune chief in Kampong Cham.

A house in Prek Sleng commune, in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district, displays ruling party flags and a photo of Prime Minister Hun Sen, on May 6, 2022. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Techo Airport Dispute, Gun Fire and Land Clearings Fuel Electoral Discontent

Kandal’s new airport development has raised tensions in Kandal Stung’s communes — residents have spoken about officers firing warning shots and loss of land. With the commune election a month away, Candlelight candidates are taking up the issue looking to capitalize on the growing discontent in the district.

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.

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.