Stories about Cambodia from November, 2009
Many in the international community are calling the first Khmer Rouge Tribunal trial of Kaing Kek Iev, or Duch, a relative success as the trial closed. However, there are indications that Cambodian officials may not participate in future cases making it difficult to conduct a fair trial for the four Khmer Rouge members awaiting trial
Thailand-based bloggers react as the country’s former Prime Minister accepts a new role in neighboring Cambodia as economic adviser. Thai authorities are not amused. They accuse Cambodia of interfering on its internal affairs. A word war and a diplomatic row erupts between the two countries
Ros Sokhet, a journalist well known in Cambodia for his contribution to the English language media, was arrested on October 30th and charged with defamation. The arrest generated a debate on alleged corruption in the media industry
Cambodian Ambassador You Aye, who is not pleased with the editorial published by Thai newspaper The Nation on the ongoing diplomatic row between Thailand and Cambodia, sends a letter to the editorial board of the paper accusing them of “becoming a tool for escalating tensions between the two countries.”
Webbed Feet, Web Log notes that Cambodia had a thriving comics culture during the socialist era but it declined when the country adopted free market principles in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Sopheap Chak explains why “online press freedom is emerging as the new digital democracy” in Cambodia. The writer adds that blogs and websites are enjoying more freedom from government censorship.
Thailand and Cambodia recalled their ambassadors. An energy exploration deal between the two nations was suspended. The issue is no longer confined to a border dispute. Check out the reactions of bloggers to the escalating diplomatic row between Thailand and Cambodia.
Sopheap Chak reviews the programs and reforms implemented by the Cambodian government to mitigate the impact of climate change.