Last week, You Saravuth, editor-in-chief of a local newspaper Sralanh Khmer accuses Hun To, Prime Minster Hun Sen’s nephew, of threatening to kill him on the phone and in person.
The threat was made after the Sralanh Khmer newspaper published an article saying that Hun To and the son of Kun Kem, a powerful general and former CPP governor in Kandal province, seized people’s land in Mondulkiri province.
Hun To rejected the accusation as he says he has never seized people’s land and threatened You Saravuth’s life.
Opposition MPs jointly issue a letter condemning the alleged threat against the journalist, noting it is also an attempt to restrict press freedoms. They request that the solution be peacefully made based on the rule of law. Sam Rainsy condemns the life threat against the journalist and insists that the government take measure to prevent such a threat. Puy Kea, member of board of directors of Club of Cambodian Journalists (CCJ), says he feels sorry for the conflict which leads to a lawsuit.
If a newspaper publishes inaccurate information, the newspaper should be informed so that the newspaper to republish with accurate information. The conflict between Hun To and the opposition party newspaper Sralanh Khmer is now becoming a lawsuit.
On January 19, 2006, Chhit Sarith, You Saravuth’s lawyer, officially filed a lawsuit accusing Hun To and his cliques for threatening a life. Hun To’s lawyer Uk Saroeun file a law suit against You Saravuth for publishing false information. Hun To says You Saravuth is creating problems for an opportunity to seek for asylum abroad.