Authorities yesterday released a list of journalists’ names, which police said they found in a cockfighting arena in Kandal province.
Kandal police chief Eav Chamroeun posted the list of names on Facebook, revealing 157 names from 150 media outlets.
Mr Chamroeun said the list was found in a closet in the cockfighting ringleader’s room.
The journalists were allegedly receiving money from the ringleader in exchange for not reporting any illegal cockfighting activity.
Ouk Kimseng, a Ministry of Information spokesman, said the ministry was yet to receive an official letter from the police.
“When we receive a letter, we will investigate to see if any of these names match that of a journalist affiliated with the Ministry of Information,” he said.
On Wednesday, Kandal Provincial Court charged Prime Minister Hun Sen’s brother’s son-in-law, Thai Phany, with running two illegal cockfighting rings.