Cambodian Journalism Review


Suspended Opposition Newspaper Needed
March 18, 2008, 2:30 am
Filed under: Press Freedom

Opinion, The Mekong Times, 18 March 2008

Suspended Opposition Newspaper Needed

I

t’s very disappointing to hear the news of the abrupt suspension of Sralanh Khmer newspaper’s publication after its editor-in-chief was reportedly threatened by an anonymous source.

         First, the intimidation of the editor is a serious violation of freedom of the press as enshrined in the Cambodian constitution and international democratic principles.

         Second, regardless of its professional standards, we need this opposition party-affiliated newspaper to present a dissident voice to counterbalance the dominating coverage of the ruling party by many other media.

         The existence of Sralanh Khmer and all media outlets are important in giving the public diverse information and views so that they can make more informed decisions during the upcoming national elections.

 
Moeun Chhean Nariddh

Phnom Penh

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