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Friday, 28 September 2012

Reporter beaten for story on logging [in Ratanakiri province]

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Sept. 27, 2012 (UPI) -- Cambodian military police say they are looking for three men, including a former police officer, suspected in the beating of a journalist
It's the third incident this month of assaults on journalists writing about illegal logging in the remote northeastern province of Ratanakkiri, The Phnom Penh Post reported Thursday.
Ek Sokunthy, a 42-year-old journalist for the weekly newspaper Ta Prum said he was beaten on the head and body Tuesday with a pistol and wooden stick in his home in the district of Andong Meas. His wife was pushed to the floor.

Sokunthy's editor, Phum Chesda, said the journalist had written a story about illegal logging last month. Afterward, the reporter received up to three death threats from military and provincial police, said the editor.
Maj. Kim Vann, of the province's military police said a former Andong Meas police officer, Nget Senghorn, and two other local residents were suspects in the beating. They are believed to have fled the area.
Earlier this month, journalist Hang Serei Oudom was found in the truck of his car bludgeoned to death with an axe. In another incident, a group of journalists photographing illegal timber storage had their motorcycles damaged.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Some of the Khmer people now, especially the powerful ones, become so mentally sick and very cruel to their own countrymen and women and children. They are so so greedy, corrupt, and inhumane. They are traitors to their own country, just for the power.