Cambodian Journalism Review


In Memory of a Good Khmer Journalist
March 31, 2011, 8:02 am
Filed under: Khmer Press

In Memory of a Good Khmer Journalist

As Cambodian journalists, we are dumbfounded at the news of a terrifying traffic accident which has taken the life of our good journalist friend, Nuth Niveath.

Niveath, who is a long time journalist, was hit by a car while leaving his house in Phnom Penh on his way to his radio station on the early morning of Monday, March 28. The impact threw him off his motorbike and Niveath smashed his head against the tarmac. He died instantly on the spot, with the cause of this accident still questionable.

Niveath’s death is a great loss for the Cambodian media. Niveath has contributed a great deal to the Cambodian journalism during his 15 years’ work in the media profession.

Niveath, 40, graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in the mid-1990s and was sent to Kratie province to take his new job as a teacher.

However, with his love for journalism he moved back to Phnom Penh shortly after and started a new job at the National Radio before joining Radio FM88, which was run by former Information Minister Ieng Mouly.

It was the year 2002 and Niveath saw his needs to improve his professional skills. He attended a one-year certificate course in journalism at the Cambodia Communication Institute, where I had taught journalistic skills for eight years. As he completed his studies, Niveath switched his job to Beehive Radio FM105, run by outspoken journalist Mam Sonando.

However, Niveath’s job with the Beehive Radio didn’t last long. He quit his job again when the station moved out of town.

As his last career before his death, Niveath got a job with the Golden Leaf Radio FM92.21 during the last year or two.

Niveath has fulfilled all the three roles of the media to inform, to educate and to entertain the public during a decade and a half working in the media field.

Niveath has made numerous friends within the Cambodian media and has left behind countless memories for all of us. We miss him and will remember him as a good friend and colleague.

May his soul rest in peace and be reborn in a happy world!

Moeun Chhean Nariddh

Director Cambodia Institute for Media Studies

Phnom Penh

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