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Beehive, Women’s Media Center Banned From Airing Shows

Two holdout radio stations that continued to air Radio Free Asia and Voice of America programming amid a government crackdown that took at least 19 stations off-air have been banned from airing their broadcasts.

Evictees Omitted From Sugar Compensation Plan Ask for Inclusion

Families evicted by sugarcane plantations in Oddar Meanchey province say they will ask the government to be included in a compensation plan the Land Management Ministry unveiled on Wednesday that leaves them out.

Government Official Implicated in Stranded Maid Ordeal

A government official on Wednesday admitted that his now-defunct recruitment firm had sent a 16-year-old Cambodian maid to work in Saudi Arabia, where she was stranded for 12 years until a viral Facebook video calling for help finally prompted her repatriation this week.

Maid Home After 12 Years ‘Stranded’ in Saudi

A Cambodian maid who was stranded in Saudi Arabia for 12 years without money or legal documents spoke on Tuesday of the hardships she endured alone and her emotional reunion with the family she left as a 16-year-old after she finally returned home.

RFA, VOA Broadcasts Booted Out of Cambodia’s Provinces

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.

Anger Mounts as Radio Purge Knocks 19 Stations Off-Air

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.

Daun Penh District Park Cleared of Cars, Improving Traffic

One side of the streets around the former Freedom Park in central Phnom Penh have been cleared of parked cars in a municipal campaign, resulting in frustrated car salesmen and noticeably smoother traffic.

As Stations Silenced, Ministry Denies Targeting RFA, VOA

At least one more radio station went off the air on Thursday after its license was revoked, as Information Minister Khieu Kanharith denied the moves were targeting outlets hosting U.S.-funded Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA).

Radio Station Shuttered, Daily’s License Rejected

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.

Two-Tier Exam Monitoring Is Contentious—But Effective

“It’s very strict,” said Say Thalina, 18, who had just sat for the exam that will decide whether she can go to university. “I could not even move my neck or the proctor would come up and yell at me.”

Exam Reform Subtracts Poor From Equation

SAMRAONG TONG District, Kompong Speu - The education minister’s message for students finishing high school has been heard loud and clear since the reform of the national completion exam four years ago: Merit will buy you a pass grade—not money.

Maid to Be Repatriated After Turning to Facebook for Help

A Cambodian maid who claimed in a viral Facebook video that she was stranded in Saudi Arabia after fleeing her abusive employer will be repatriated this week, the Cambodian ambassador to Kuwait said on Sunday.

Villagers Summoned Over Peaceful Protest Against Sand Dredging

The Kandal Provincial Court has summoned three villagers for questioning over allegations of inciting violence for their roles in a protest last week against sand dredging operations they blame for the loss of several farms and homes.

Thai Migration Leaves Workers Vulnerable to Abuse: Report

Cambodian workers who migrate to Thailand seeking jobs and higher pay are more likely to do so illegally, which is cheaper than going through legal channels but also leaves them vulnerable to traffickers, according to a study from a U.N. agency released on Thursday.

Ministry Vows to Stop Illegal Thai Border Crossings

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said on Wednesday that 100 to 200 Cambodians illegally cross the border with Thailand every day, well under an estimate from a U.N. agency that puts the figure at 3,000 to 4,000.

Gov’t Officials, Plainclothes Police Crash Village Protest Meeting

Kandal province villagers frustrated into protest by months of sand dredging received a surprise visit from plainclothes police officers and local officials on Wednesday morning, they said.

Former Opposition Youth Leader Joins the KPP

An outspoken government critic and former opposition youth wing leader on Tuesday announced he had become deputy of the tiny Khmer Power Party, led by fellow dissident Sourn Serey Ratha.

Boeng Tompun Villagers Promised Land; Confusion Remains

A district-level land management official in Phnom Penh promised villagers 47 hectares of land in the Boeng Tompun area on Tuesday, though key officials were unaware of the announcement, and it remained unclear if he would be able to keep such a promise.

Thai Employers Report More Than 200K Cambodian Migrants

More than 200,000 Cambodians working illegally in Thailand, two-thirds of an estimated 300,000 such migrants, have been reported to Thai officials in a two-week period, Cambodia’s Labor Ministry announced.

Anti-Dredging Activist Held for Filming, Inciting Protesters

An environmental activist released from custody last night said police told him he was detained for inciting Kandal province villagers to protest against sand dredging in their community and flying a drone to film a demonstration.

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