Media freedom under attack in Cambodia: PM shuts down independent radio station
24 February 2023 | 1:44 pm
One of Cambodia's last free media outlets, Voice of Democracy radio, ceased operations on Monday after Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered its closure for allegedly slandering his son in a story.
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