21 journalists harassed in past three months, reports CamboJA

A journalist in the field covering a press conference held by villagers during an ongoing land dispute at the site of the massive planned airport in Kandal province on September 4, 2021. Photo Supplied

As the rest of society eases from pandemic restrictions, many Cambodian journalists are facing a tightening press landscape.

More business resumed as government moves toward full reopening

A recently reopened restaurant in Phnom Penh, October 19, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

In the evening, casual restaurant tables closed for months are now once again set for customers as city streets fill with vendors and the flow of busy people.

Government to release banknote with image of Hun Sen, late King to mark 30th anniversary of Paris Peace Agreements

The government is marking the 30th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements with a new 30,000 riel note featuring an image of Hun Sen with the late King Norodom Sihanouk.

On Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a sub-decree to circulate a new 30,000 riel note featuring an image of himself with the late King Norodom Sihanouk, both of whom led factions included in the deal regarded as laying a path to end Cambodia’s long civil war. A ruling party spokesman said the new note, which also includes text referencing the peace treaty and its anniversary, honors those who forged the agreement.

US calls for more transparency after new Ream satellite photos released

A naval officer walks near patrol boats at Ream Naval Base in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Picture taken during a media trip organized by the government on July 26, 2019. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The US embassy on Wednesday criticized the Cambodian government saying it had not been transparent about China’s role in the Ream Naval Base in Sihanoukville, after new satellite images emerged showing continued construction.

Kandal villagers report feeling pressured into accepting land compensation

Villagers gather to demonstrate in front of police barricades where authorities blocked a road leading to their farmland, which is being cleared to prepare the site for a planned airport in Kandal Stung district, Picture taken on September 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

A number of families affected by the new airport project in Kandal Stung district are still refusing to accept the state’s proposed compensation for their land, instead hoping that the upcoming commune elections will bring them a better solution. Others have decided to take the compensation, causing concerns that an ongoing court case against nine villagers is putting pressure on the community.