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.
Nika* had hoped that the child she was carrying for a Chinese couple would let her budding family build a home. Her husband, a construction worker, and her 5-year-old daughter never had very much, and the $8,000 potential payout seemed like a fortune.
“My mother bundled those family photos together with a handful of other belongings into her krama, and held on to them throughout the whole Pol Pot regime,” Vira Rama recounted. “If caught with the images, she could have been killed.”
The government and CPP officials yesterday hit back at the US House of Representatives after it unanimously passed the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019, which would impose travel and economic sanctions on Cambodian leaders considered to have “undermined democracy” in the country.