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Cambodia releases journalists on bail


Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Ei Rin said it ordered the release on bail as requested by the journalists’ lawyer.

After their release, the two journalists went to a Buddhist temple to get a monk’s blessings, a rite meant to get rid of bad luck.

Their detention had been sharply criticized by rights groups and journalists’ associations.

The Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday said in a statement that it welcomed the journalists’ release on bail, “but they never should have been detained in the first place.”

“Authorities should drop these bogus charges and stop harassing journalists with frivolous accusations,” said Shawn Crispin, the New York-based group’s representative in Southeast Asia.

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