The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday delayed issuing a verdict against two Radio Free Asia journalists charged with espionage. Oun Chhin and Yeang Sothearin were arrested in November 2017 and charged with “illegally providing information to a foreign state” under Article 445 of the Criminal Code. They have since had production of pornography added to the charges against them and face a prison term of seven to 15 years.
The Pursat Provincial Court on Thursday charged four journalists working as information agents for the National Police with fraud for allegedly extorting money from the owner of a gasoline station in Bakan district.
A former Radio Free Asia journalist on trial for espionage was accused on Friday of delivering secret information to the U.S. Embassy. Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin worked for RFA’s Khmer-language news service until the U.S.-funded media outlet shut its Phnom Penh bureau on September 12, 2017, citing government pressure and the forced closure of FM radio stations carrying its broadcasts.