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Opposition editor freed, pledges to continue fight for press freedom

Publisher Reporters Without Borders
Publication Date 19 April 2010
Cite as Reporters Without Borders, Opposition editor freed, pledges to continue fight for press freedom, 19 April 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4bd53f9e1e.html [accessed 24 July 2014]
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Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of Hang Chakra, the editor of the opposition daily Khmer Machas Srok, after ten months in prison on a charge of disinformation. He was freed under a royal pardon to mark the Khmer New Year.

"Deputy Prime Minister Sok An is directly to blame for Hang Chakra's long imprisonment and the deterioration in his health," Reporters Without Borders said. "We reiterate our request to Prime Minister Hun Sen to respect his promise to ensure that journalists will no longer be jailed in Cambodia."

Since his release from Prey Sar prison on 13 April, Hang Chakra has been undergoing medical tests. His family says his problems with his lungs, eyes and bladder got worse after his arrest in June 2009. A Reporters Without Borders representative visited him in prison in December.

"It is incredible to be freed the day before the Khmer New Year and I am really happy to be reunited with my family," Hang Chakra said in a statement to the press. He announced that he planned to resume editing his newspaper very shortly.

In a message to Reporters Without Borders, he thanked all those in Cambodia and abroad who requested his release.

More information about Hang Chakra: http://en.rsf.org/cambodia-newspape...

More information about press freedom in Cambodia: http://en.rsf.org/spip.php?page=art...

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