The station’s deputy editor, Chuor Chetharith, was shot dead by two men on a motor-cycle in front of the station in Phnom Penh on 18 October as he was getting out of his car. He was hit in the neck. Prime minister Hun Sen had warned the station four days earlier to "monitor its programmes" better after they had extensively criticised him.
King Norodom Sihanouk condemned the murder and at once suspended negotiations he was chairing to form a new coalition government between Hun Sen’s majority Cambodian People’s Party (PPC, in power for nearly 20 years) and the Democratic Alliance of the royalist FUNCINPEC, which had links to the radio station and of which Chou Chetharith was a member, and the Sam Rainsy Party. The PCC failed to win an absolute majority in parliamentary elections on 27 July.