Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Daily reporters get second summons

Daily reporters get second summons

Former opposition commune chief Rmam Yout (right), seen in a photograph with the current CPP Pate commune chief-elect Chhay Thy.
Former opposition commune chief Rmam Yout (right), seen in a photograph with the current CPP Pate commune chief-elect Chhay Thy. Facebook

Daily reporters get second summons

Two Cambodia Daily reporters received a second summons from the Ratanakkiri Provincial Court yesterday in relation to a complaint filed by three Pate commune residents alleging the pair “incited people” in the course of seemingly routine election reporting.

A copy of the summons, dated June 28, asks the two reporters – Zsombor Peter and Aun Pheap – to appear before the court on July 20, where each of them will be questioned separately.

Court Prosecutor Chea Pich said he had sent the summons but could not confirm the date.

“I only can say we are following the legal procedure. We issued 20 days before they have to appear because the persons are outside the province,” he said.

Cambodia Daily General Manager Douglas Steele confirmed he had received the summons, but declined to comment on the advice of legal counsel.

The case dates back to the commune election campaign, when the reporters asked routine questions to residents on the commune’s electoral prospects and voting history.

However, former CNRP Commune Chief Rmam Yout and two other villagers filed a complaint against the reporters saying they were not allowed to ask such questions based on the National Election Committee’s code of conduct for reporters.

The code forbids publishing “confusing information” that erodes trust in the election and insulting a national institution or candidate. The guidelines could have been used to stifle independent coverage, said critics.

The court sent a first summons for June 27, but the Daily management said it never received the summons.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • Cambodia purchases 4 million Molnupiravir tablets

    Cambodia has arranged for the purchase of four million US-made Molnupiravir pills – enough to treat 100,000 Covid-19 patients – even though the current rate of daily infections in Cambodia remains low. The medicine will be distributed to state hospitals, pharmacies and private clinics, according to the Samdech

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • Is Cambodia’s travel sector in for another cheerless holiday season?

    The travel and tourism sector was heaving back to life as borders started to reopen, promising a festive vibe for the holidays and New Year. But Omicron and other Covid-related issues are threatening to close the year on a bleak note ‘Seems [like] Covid-19 won’

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration