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Chabot, Lowenthal, Yoho, Schiff and Sherman Release Statement on Hun Sen’s Manufactured Charges Against Radio Free Asia Journalists, Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin

Washington, September 6, 2019 | comments
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation joined Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Co-Chair of the Congressional Cambodia Caucus and Co-Chair of the Congressional Freedom of the Press Caucus; Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Co-Chair of the Congressional Cambodia Caucus; Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Co-Chair of the Congressional Freedom of the Press Caucus and Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation to express concern over charges against two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists in Cambodia. They released the following statement:

“Cambodian journalists, Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin were charged with ‘illegally collecting information for a foreign source’ simply for publishing a news story three days after the RFA Phnom Penh bureau was forced to close in 2017 following relentless pressure from Prime Minister Hun Sen. These charges are completely manufactured by Hun Sen’s regime and just another attack on the rights and freedoms of the Cambodian people.

 

“Hun Sen has run the country for decades with no intentions of letting the Cambodian people determine the future of their country or protecting their rights. The regime’s recent consolidation of power allows it to continue these abuses, which include attacks against NGOs and the shuttering of critical media outlets like RFA, with impunity. That is why the international community must take a strong stance against these injustices. The Cambodian government should drop these unsubstantiated charges and honor the freedoms of its people.”

 

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