Situation Dire for Media in Cambodia

Sunday, September 14, 1997

One journalist killed, another three arrested; situation dire for critical media in Cambodia

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(Canadian Committee to Protect Journalists, 10 July 1997)

At least three journalists working with pro-opposition media in Cambodia have been arrested in the last few days of a recent coup in which co-Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken control of the country, according to a report from the "Cambodia Daily" newspaper.

Elsewhere, Micheal Senior, a Canadian national and newscaster for an English-language Cambodian television broadcast, was shot to death by soldiers on 7 July. Senior may have been taking photographs of soldiers at the time of his death.

In other developments, on 9 July, Loy Sin Caheane, acting head of the National Assembly, declared a state of martial law for the next month. A source with the "Cambodia Daily" reports that Loy Sin Caheane also said that the media must print the truth and must not print anything considered exploitative. Journalists in Cambodia believe these statements may be the pretext to a crackdown on the critical media.

The "Cambodia Daily" fears that today's edition may be its last. The previous few editions have been published on a photocopier and staff have been sleeping at the office.

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