Press Freedom

Koh Kong Official, Defense Minister Move to Arrest Journalist

An audio recording, shared with VOD, appears to show Defense Minister Tea Banh instructing Koh Kong officials to take action against journalist Youn Chhiv. Several government-aligned media outlets have reported on Banh’s instructions, including some that quoted from the recording.

Three dump trucks and three excavators dig out the future reservoir in Boeng Tompun I commune on July 21, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Boeng Tompun Houses Demolished, Reporters Obstructed

District authorities deleted photos on reporters’ cameras and made them leave a public area as authorities demolished residents’ homes, allegedly without compensation, near the Boeng Tompun lake development.

Protesters block National Road 5 near the border of Pursat and Kampong Chhnang provinces in a second protest on May 11, 2021. (Khut Sokun/VOD)

Land Protesters Block Road as Reporter’s Equipment Confiscated

Hundreds of Kampong Chhnang residents blocked a national road in Pursat province on Tuesday so they could resume farming on land they say they have tended for decades, as authorities confiscated a recorder and deleted photos belonging to a VOD reporter covering the protest.