Khun Sear’s company clears way for Arey Ksat satellite city

The Mekong riverbank being filled in with sand and stones by tycoon Khun Sear's company in Kandal province's Arey Ksat commune, July 7.CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Residents living in Arey Ksat have been surprised to learn that a stretch of the Mekong is being filled in to pave the way for a 70-hectare satellite city developed by the Khun Sear Import Export Company, owned by the well-connected real estate tycoon Khun Sear.

Ministry of Information empowers local authorities to take legal action against journalists

A woman broadcasts a Facebook live video of a protest outside the UN office in Cambodia carried out by family members of former opposition activists. Picture taken on June 4, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Ministry of Information has given local authorities the green light to take legal action against journalists that they deem are unprofessional or spreading false information that obstructs law enforcement.

Negotiations fail in land dispute linked to new Phnom Penh airport

Company workers use excavators and bulldozers to prepare land for a new airport in Kandal province, June 15, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The latest impasse came when more than 30 affected people met Tuesday with Kandal provincial Governor Kong Sophorn seeking a solution after one month of protest. Long Sopheak is one of those local villagers and a resident of Kampong Talong village in Kandal Stung district, which is part of where developers have planned to build the 2,600-hectare airport project about 25 kilometers from the capital.

Hundreds of people block road as airport project damages rice crops

Villagers set up camp to block a street leading to a new airport construction site. The development is locked in a dispute with villagers in Kandal province's Kandal Stung district, May 17, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Around 200 people affected by a mega-airport project in Kandal province have been protesting the damaging of their rice crop by developers by blocking the road to the project’s site in Kandal Stung since Friday.