Cambodia Morning News For February 20

Cambodia Morning News For February 20
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Cambodia morning newsCambodian court on a ‘fishing expedition’ through emails, James Ricketson says
Emails sent by filmmaker James Ricketson to Cambodia’s political opposition and members of the country’s media are being investigated by a judge who is looking for evidence of espionage, but the Australian says it’s a “fishing expedition”.

Garment sector still plagued by truck bans
The garment industry’s gridlock due to a crackdown on illegal trucks continued through the Chinese New Year, potentially prolonging a crisis that members of garment and trucking associations have said threatens their industries.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CDC Lures Japanese Investment to Cambodia, Worth of $1.6B by 2017
The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) has put a huge effort to attract more Japanese investors to Cambodia.
— Fresh News

Industries left guessing as Cambodia fails to release customs data for 2017
When government-aligned Fresh News reported on Sunday that bilateral trade between the US and Cambodia had increased to $3.46 billion last year, up more than 8 percent from the year before, they weren’t using Cambodian government data.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Groups call for charges against activists to be dropped
A group of 35 international labour and human rights advocacy groups yesterday called for charges against a trio of Cambodian civil society activists to be dropped.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Germany suspends preferential visa treatment for Hun Sen and family and government officials
The German government has suspended preferential visa treatment for private travel by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family and other government officials in response to Phnom Penh’s ongoing crackdown on media outlets, the opposition and NGOs, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Monday.
— Thai PBS

Business Insider: Maintaining Phnom Penh’s construction boom
Phnom Penh’s construction boom has created an opportunity for specialised engineering firms to carve out a niche in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Returns to a Nightmare
Over recent weeks, the situation in Cambodia has turned nasty beyond words. The man in charge, Hun Sen, as been in power for 33 years, rising to the Premiership in 1985 at the age of 32. Now the country’s president, he is 65 years old and swears he wll stay in power for at least another10 years.
— AsiaSentinel

Cambodian-Americans Welcome Draft Bill for Further Sanctions on Phnom Penh
Cambodian-Americans have welcomed the drafting of a bill by a group of prominent U.S. Senators that could see further sanctions imposed on Cambodia over its anti-democratic crackdown.

Cambodia discovers nest of critically endangered ‘royal turtles’
Wildlife experts in Cambodia have discovered a nest with 16 eggs built by the nearly extinct “royal turtle”, in the first such discovery this year, the non-profit Wildlife Conservation (WCS) Society said on Monday.
— Business Insider

Widow of Slain Cambodian Government Critic Kem Ley is Granted Asylum in Australia
Bou Rachana, widow of slain Cambodian social commentator and government critic Kem Ley, has been granted asylum in Australia, leaving with her five sons from Thailand and arriving in Melbourne on Feb. 17, an Australian lawmaker told RFA’s Khmer Service on Monday.
— Radio Free Asia


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Sreypov Men recently completed a course of study in International Relations at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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