A Chinese online media platform which “mocked” Prime Minister Hun Sen in a May 5 article has abruptly stopped operations.
The platform, “Jin Ri Wu Ge” also known as Angkor Today, was available to subscribers through WeChat.
Its article which had stated that Cambodia’s Prime Minister was “finally wearing a face mask” went viral and drew the ire of government officials.
The article was removed shortly after.
However, on May 15, the platform announced it was suspending operations and thanked readers for their support. The short message was read by more than 64,000 readers, mainly Chinese and Cambodian-Chinese, as shown on the platform.
Khmer Times yesterday reached out to Angkor Today for a statement and its editor Huang said they are currently waiting for the platform to be restored, without giving a reason why it had been taken down.
According to the platform, it had issued an apology letter over the article and it was later accepted by the authorities.
Angkor Today had reported that Duong Dara, Mr Hun Sen’s special assistant, had informed it that the article was inflammatory and would damage the friendly relations enjoyed between Cambodia and China.