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Interviews and polling suggest Cambodians see the U.S. as a role model, a view that is increasingly at odds with their government.
The government will investigate anonymous, unsubstantiated claims that the opposition party received help from the “extremist” ruling party in Taiwan and also probe alleged foreign donations to the CNRP, officials said on Thursday.
Opposition party members will be investigated for attempting to stage a color revolution, Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak told a local newspaper on Tuesday, in what one political analyst described as a move to “clear the deck” of obstacles in the way of a CPP national election victory next year.
All radio stations carrying Radio Free Asia (RFA) and Voice of America (VOA) outside of Phnom Penh have been closed by the Information Ministry, spokesmen for the outlets said, as owners of the shuttered stations petitioned the ministry on Monday for a reprieve.
Independent radio producers, managers and listeners said they were angry and confused on Sunday after an Information Ministry crackdown on at least 19 radio stations last week cut off access to programming for millions of potential listeners.
Government-aligned media outlet Fresh News, the recent epicenter of pro-government leaks and attacks against NGOs, media and the political opposition, has continued to publish anonymous accusations that CNRP President Kem Sokha and his daughters were in a “political wedding” to U.S. backers and foreign agents.
Amid rising diplomatic tensions, the U.S. State Department on Thursday condemned the “deterioration in Cambodia’s democratic climate,” as a government-aligned website, citing anonymous officials, warned of mass nationalist protests against the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh.
At least one more radio station went off the air on Thursday after its license was revoked, as Information Minister Khieu Kanharith denied the moves were targeting outlets hosting U.S.-funded Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA).
A crackdown on independent NGOs, media and political parties that began almost two years ago has reached an inflection point that threatens to push Cambodia into a new era of repression, observers said on Wednesday.
The Ministry of Information has revoked a license for a radio station known for selling airtime to the opposition party, according to a statement released on Wednesday, while the director of Voice of Democracy said the outlet had been bumped from the airwaves in Phnom Penh.
Prime Minister Hun Sen weighed in on Tuesday on a $6.3 million tax bill levied against The Cambodia Daily, an amount the newspaper disputes, branding the Daily a “thief” and ordering it to pay the bill or “pack up and go.”
Information Ministry officials on Tuesday gave contradictory accounts on whether the government is considering new rules barring radio stations from carrying broadcasts from U.S.-funded media outlets Radio Free Asia and Voice of America, adding to ambiguity surrounding the outlets’ fate in Cambodia.
To Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan, it all began with the Arab Spring.
Cambodia’s top tax official pressed ahead on Saturday with warnings to shut down The Cambodia Daily and seize its assets over an alleged back tax bill of more than $6 million.
The National Democratic Institute became the latest U.S.-affiliated organization to face government allegations of wrongdoing on Wednesday night after its purported secrets spilled onto government-affiliated media.
The Information Ministry is collecting data on foreign media, including updated information on staff, ministry spokesman Ouk Kimseng said on Wednesday, as the Finance Ministry’s tax department defended investigations into two U.S.-funded media organizations as well as other outlets and NGOs.
U.S. companies doing business in Cambodia are optimistic about the country’s overall investment environment, but remain dissatisfied with the supply of cheap and skilled labor, corruption, tax structure, and attitudes toward the U.S., according to a new survey.
In 2013, for the first time in its history, Funcinpec failed to capture a single National Assembly seat.
Two U.S.-funded radio broadcasters joined The Cambodia Daily and NGOs in what appeared to be a broadening and increasingly public Finance Ministry investigation into tax payments by institutions known for tense relationships with the government.
The CNRP’s detailed proposal to make it easier for migrants to register and vote will be submitted today to the National Assembly, opposition lawmaker Son Chhay said.