The families say they were seeking $24,000 in compensation from developer Shukaku, Inc., and local officials.
Im Chaem spoke to VOA Khmer in an interview at her home in Anlong Veng district, Oddar Meanchey province, in July.
Surya Subedi said Cambodian leaders should consider the long-term impact on development in Cambodia if such a law were passed.
A number of rights organizations condemned the closures, but the ministry said the outlets had licenses that had lapsed by 10 years.
The clashes erupted on Friday, when excavators, protected by riot police, began tearing down the homes of a handful of residents.
In recent years, journalists have had to face a number of lawsuits or jail terms, especially under a criminalized defamation law.
One of the major points of concern for some NGOs was the mandatory registration process in the original draft.
City officials, including Governor Kep Chuktema, declined to comment on the families’ allegations.
Government spokesman Phay Siphan said the Cambodian government is developing each law and looking at ways to better apply them.
Many of the villagers are illiterate, and they say they depend on the communal land for their food and traditional rituals.
The law contains punishment of up to five years in prison for the illegal sale and from 15 years to life for convicted assailants.
The law has received widespread criticism from international and local communities.