Ratanakkiri provincial police arrested and then released four local journalists on Sunday for attempting to extort $500 from villagers.
Provincial police officer Long Bun said that the journalists also confiscated a chainsaw belonging to the victim.
The four suspects were identified as Seng Dyvann, a Moha Nokor Akchhariyak reporter; Phan Phoan, a Reaksmey Bopea reporter; Sorn Chandy, a Reaksmey Bopea reporter, and Leth Ley, a Sangkum Kampuchea reporter.
Mr Bun said the arrests took place on Saturday afternoon at around 4pm. The four suspects confiscated a chainsaw from a local logger while he was working in Koh Peak commune, he said.
“They took the victim’s chainsaw and attempted to extort two million riel [$500] from him,” he said. “The suspects also threatened the victim with reporting the possession of the chainsaw to police.”
Mr Bun explained the victim reported the incident to the police. The suspects were later arrested in accordance with the victim’s complaint.
Police said the suspects signed an agreement to not repeat the same offence again in the future and were then released.
“They signed the contract with the police and promised to never commit the offence again. They have now been released,” a police officer said.