Trump and his supporters have repeatedly used the term “fake news” to cast doubt on media reports critical of his administration.
Orouba Barakat, an opponent of the ruling Baath party, and her only child, journalist Halla Barakat, were found dead with stab wounds to their neck.
Prosecutors are seeking up to 43 years in jail for the newspaper staff, who stand accused of targeting Erdogan through “asymmetric war methods.”
If the intensity of state propaganda over the last few years is anything to go by, Erdogan and AKP have moved well beyond considerations of “soft power”.
The Cambodia Daily printed only a few thousand copies a day but had a reputation for breaking news about sensitive topics such as corruption, waste, environmental issues and land rights.
The military decided to “forgive and drop charges” against the media in an effort to “work together for the interest of the citizens and the country,” it said in a statement.
Trump has often criticised the media, which Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said amounts to an attack on the freedom of the press and could provoke violence against reporters.
In the past, English language newspapers have been left alone by the government, but a sudden demand for tax payments directed at the Cambodian Daily indicates that the situation has changed.
A free press guarantees the critical space where people respond to the government’s declarations and methods, and voice their criticism and dissent. To governmentalise the press through coercion would mean dissolving that space.
The bureau’s rules allow it to obtain information about journalists’ calls without going to a judge or informing the news organisation – a serious concern for the freedom of the press, critics say.