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Cambodia: Arrest of radio owner another dangerous blow to freedom of expression

, Index number: ASA 23/014/2012

In July 2012, police arrested prominent journalist Mam Sonando who now faces a number of charges that carry hefty prison sentences under Cambodia’s penal code. He owns one of the few independent radio stations that broadcast programs critical of the Cambodian government. At a time when the Cambodian people are increasingly speaking out, Mam Sonando’s arrest marks an alarming crackdown on freedom of expression. The Cambodian government should instead develop a constructive relationship with Cambodia’s diverse civil society. And it should begin by ordering the immediate and unconditional release of Mam Sonando.

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