Monday, 19.11.2007: Three Journalists of Samleng Santepheap in Kompong Chhnang Arrested by Police

Posted on 19 November 2007. Filed under: Week 535 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 535

“Kompong Chhnang: Three journalists stationed in Kompong Chhnang were arrested by police from the Baribour District on the morning of 17 November 2007, on the accusation of robbery.

“The journalists of Samleng Santepheap who were arrested are:

  1. Thang Channa, male, 44
  2. Lim Tho, male, 32
  3. Pen Rithy, male, 37

Three of them have their residences in Ponley, Baribour, Kompong Chhnang.

“The three journalists of Samleng Santepheap were arrested by the police of Baribour District. When they were summoned by the police for questioning at the Baribour District Police Station at 10 a.m. on 17 November, they were sent to Kompong Chhnang Police Station at 15:20 on the afternoon of the same day.

“Mr. Hem Heang, Baribour District Police Inspector, could not be reached by Rasmei Kampuchea for comment regarding the arrest of the three journalists, because his phone was not connected, but a policeman from the Criminal Police Office said that the arrest of the three journalists is based on a complaint by Hvieng Yang Kong [phonetic], a 32-year-old Vietnamese man living in Chhnok Tru, Baribour.

“The police said at 11 a.m. on 16 November 2007 that the three journalists entered and searched Hvieng Yang Kong’s house while he was out, causing a loss of Riel 4,200,000 [approx. US$1,050]; this happened in Phat Sanday, Kompong Svay, Kompong Thom.

“The three journalists, Mr. Thang Channa, Mr. Lim Tho, and Mr. Pen Rithy, who were arrested, told Rasmei Kampuchea on the morning of 16 November 2007 that they are journalists of Samleng Santepheap; they went to report on the destruction of inundated forests and fishing crimes in Chhnok Tru, Baribour, Kompong Chhnang, and in Phat Sanday, Kompong Svay, Kompong Thom. While collecting information to make reports, they saw a cage and climbed up the cage in order to take pictures. They asked neighbors for the name of the owner of the cage. After taking pictures and asking for information, they left again.

“The three journalists added that the accusation against them and their arrest is not right, because they did not enter and seek out anything in Hvieng Yang Kong’s house, but they only climbed up the cage in order to take pictures.

“According to another source, the Vietnamese man Hvieng Yang Kong has a floating house at Chhnok Tru. There, the authority is strict.

“Until 16:30 on the evening of 17 November, the Criminal Police Office of the Kompong Chhnang Police Station still questioned the three journalists.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4440, 18-19.11.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 19 November 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1496, 18-19.11.2007

  • Man, Whose Oxcart Was Hit [and damaged] by Another Oxcart, Was Chased by Police and They Fired a Gun at Him; He Escaped from His House for One Night [all this because of a complaint through telephone by a rich man who is another oxcart owner’s older brother – Rolea B’ier, Kompong Chhnang]
  • All Grabbers of Forest Land in Ou Treh Subdistrict Are High Officials [Stung Hav, Sihanoukville]
  • Cambodian [French] Woman Fined €1,500 [approx. US$2,200] by a French Court for Kissing a Painting and Staining It with Her Makeup

Khmer Mekong, Vol.5, #311, 18-19.11.2007

  • [Takeo Governor] Mr. Srey Ben Receives Bribes from Yuon [Vietnamese] Businesspeople and Allows Them to Fish, Destroying Khmer Fish in Takeo

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6196, 19.11.2007

  • Prince [Ranariddh] Insists on [monarchists and democrats] Joining Together
  • Sihanoukville Forestry Administration Plans to Expropriate 1,270 Hectares of [forest] Land [grabbed by rich and powerful people] in Ou Treh
  • Gold Seller, Who is Also Money Changer, Robbed of More Than $100,000 [Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3315, 19.11.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Reaffirmed that It Is Not Necessary to Join with the Norodom Ranariddh Party

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4440, 18-19.11.2007

  • Three Journalists of Samleng Santepheap in Kompong Chhnang Arrested by Police
  • National Authority for Preventing Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons and Radiation Receives Office Supplies from [South] Korean Company [Sumhung – phonetic – (Cambodia) Company Limited; probably related to Ministry of Defense, Department of Chemical Protection, under Lieutenant General Chey Son]
  • Iran Wants Creation of Mixed Committee with Cambodia [for cooperation in economy and tourism]
  • 37 Jerry Cans of Fake Alcohol Mixed with Water Burned [by military police – Pursat]
  • 1,100 People Die in Storm in Bangladesh

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #555, 18-19.11.2007

  • [President of National Assembly] Heng Samrin Tells Diplomats that He Has Not Yet Memorized New Royal Title Given

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