Union implores ILO to help jailed news fixer

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CCU president Rong Chhun. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions yesterday asked the International Labour Organisation to intervene in the case of Rath Rott Mony, a news fixer who was charged over his role in the production of a controversial sex trafficking documentary.

Mr Rott Mony was jailed on charges of incitement to discriminate over his involvement in the production of the Russia Today film which shed light on Cambodian mothers who sold their daughters’ virginity to feed their impoverished families.

CCU president Rong Chhun said in a letter to ILO director-general Guy Ryder yesterday that Mr Rott Mony is also the president of the Cambodian Construction Trade Union Federation.

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Mr Chhun said that Mr Rott Mony was a translator, helping Russia Today’s production crew interview the sources in the film.

“Mr Rott Mony was a translator who helped foreign journalists film a documentary about alleged sex trafficking in the Kingdom, but authorities claimed that the sources were paid to be in the film,” he said. “Therefore, I ask Mr Ryder to intervene to have the court release Mr Rott Mony and drop the charges.”

Mr Ryder could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Rath Rott Mony aids the production of the film. Facebook

Long Kimheang, wife of Mr Rott Mony, on Tuesday attempted to file a petition to the Russian embassy calling for them to publicly stand by Russia Today and the accuracy of the documentary, but the embassy did not receive the petition.

Ms Kimheang yesterday said she will continue to seek help in order to free her husband.

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“The Cambodian government should have contacted the Russian government for fact clarification about the RT documentary,” she said. “They should not have sent my husband to jail like this – this is unjust.”

National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun and Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The documentary angered the government, which dismissed it as fake news after two sources in the film retracted their statements and said they were duped by Mr Rott Mony to be in the film.

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