Rapper Chhun Dymey, 24 – also known as Dymey-Cambo – has deleted his song, which was critical of social issues, from social media following pressure from the authorities.
A young musician has deleted from Facebook and YouTube a rap song that was critical of Cambodia’s social issues and announced that he will stop singing the song after officials visited his home in Siem Reap province and allegedly gave him a warning.
Provincial authorities have been searching for the rapper since the song – Sangkum Nis, which translates as This Society – went viral on social media on May 13.
Civil society groups have said that if there were threats, it demonstrates a restriction of citizens’ rights and freedom of expression.
The song was written by Chhun Dymey, 24 – also known as Dymey-Cambo, or Lifetime Khmer – who is a year-one information technology student.
The song listed numerous alleged social injustices including corruption, poor people’s suffering, land disputes, shooting to kill and the oppression of innocent people.
It urged young people to “wake up, wipe away the tears and move forward”.
Dymey told The Post on Sunday that he had deleted the song after officials arrived at his parents’ home in Kokchak commune.
He said he didn’t want the issue to drag on and he had concerns for his personal safety and that of his family.
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