Cambodia tightens control of information before election

Fresh News employee works at their studio in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, August 29, 2017. (Reuters photo)

PHNOM PENH -- Critics of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen have grown used to following upstart news service Fresh News to find out what the government’s next target might be.

From treason accusations against detained opposition leader Kem Sokha to the tax demand against the now-shuttered Cambodia Daily to allegations against the recently expelled US National Democratic Institute, it was on Fresh News first.

Its rise, just as pressure is growing on more critical media, reflects a shift in control of information in the run-up to next year's general election at the same time as a crackdown on Hun Sen's opponents.

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