Covering Cambodia’s elections amid threats

Kem Sokha, CNRP president, arrives at a polling center to vote during the 2017 commune election. CamboJA

“I think that there was the intention of threatening a journalist. Whenever there is political tension, journalists have also faced extra challenges, especially threats not to unveil true information,” Vichar said.

Financial institutions introduce measures to ease financial burden after call from civil society

Motorists drive past ACLEDA Bank’s Headquarters in Phnom Penh, April 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Cambodian financial institutions announced on Wednesday additional measures to ease financial burdens for customers affected by COVID-19, just one day after more than 100 civil society organizations called for a three-month, across-the-board period of borrower relief.

Authorities checking travelers’ body temperatures at provincial checkpoints

Siem Reap authorities check body temperatures of migrant workers who are being transported to quarantine centers in their home provinces. Panah Chhorpoan

Cambodian authorities are monitoring travelers across the country, including checking their body temperatures, as the February 20 community transmission cluster registered almost 550 positive cases.

Chinese firm Yuetai probed over resale of land on Phnom Penh riverfront

A man looks from the Chroy Changvar bridge at the site of Yuetai Group's City Gate development in Phnom Penh, on February 24, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Chinese development firm set to change the face of Phnom Penh’s northern riverfront is under investigation over claims it attempted to sell off tens of millions of dollars’ worth of land it leased for the development – a potential breach of its contract, an official said.

New storm expected to worsen floods as thousands evacuated

More rain is expected this weekend when a tropical storm arrives in Cambodia, worsening floods that have already killed 18 and forced more than 25,000 people to evacuate to higher ground in 19 provinces since early October, according to the National Committee for Disaster Management.