He was granted a royal pardon after serving nine months of
a one-year sentence on a “criminal disinformation” conviction over a series of
critical articles on alleged high-level government corruption. He was among 43
prisoners given amnesty ahead of
According to the Phnom Penh Post, Hang Chakra wrote to Prime Minister Hun Sen on July 8 to apologize and pledged not to report on government corruption in the future if he was released. The English-language daily newspaper quoted Hang Chakra’s letter saying that he had “repeatedly failed to act properly and seriously.”
But since his release, Hang Chakra has stated publicly his
intention to continue publishing Khmer
Machas Srok, which, according to news reports, recently suspended
publication for financial reasons. The newspaper is affiliated with the opposition
Sam Rainsy Party, whose eponymous leader was recently stripped of his
parliamentary immunity and fled into exile in
“Hang Chakra never should have been imprisoned in the
first place on these trumped-up charges,” said
Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni had written to Hun Sen in October last year calling for Hang Chakra’s release, but his request was refused for unknown reasons.
Hun Sen’s ruling
EDITOR'S NOTE: Hang Chakra's name has been corrected.