Criticizing Authority Is Not a ‘Curse’
October 7, 2007, 3:34 am
Filed under: Press Freedom


Criticizing Authority Is Not a ‘Curse’

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh


e very much appreciate Prime Minister Hun Sen’s advice to journalists not to twist information or “curse” people in their news reports (“PM Urges Journalists To Be Careful With Criticism,” Tuesday, page 17)

        However, we must distinguish between a “curse” and genuine criticism made by the press. In a truly democratic society, when officials assume power they are expected to be scrutinized and criticized by the media and the general public for their abuse of power, bad decisions and other wrongdoings. Therefore, such legitimate criticism, even when harsh, should be tolerated. Continue reading


Press Freedom Victim of School Renovation
October 4, 2007, 4:23 am
Filed under: Press Freedom


 Press Freedom Victim of School Renovation

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh



ongratulations on the inauguration of Wat Phnom School, which has been renamed Hun Sen Bun Rany Wat Phnom School following its renovation funded by the prime minister.

 Nostalgia can be felt in the hearts of former students and conservations who prefer the school be known by its original name. Yet, everything comes at a cost. But, the restoration of Wat Phnom School costs more than money. Continue reading

The roles and responsibilities of the Khmer media
September 12, 2007, 9:51 am
Filed under: Press Freedom

The roles and responsibilities of the Khmer media

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh

The recent wave of defamation lawsuits involving the media and the government makes it the right time to review the roles of the media and its responsibilities in a fragile democracy like Cambodia.

Like the media in other democratic nations around the world, the fundamental roles the Khmer media play are to inform, to educate and to entertain the public.

During the last more than 10 years since the UN-sponsored elections in 1993, scores of functioning newspapers mushroomed, followed by the establishment of private radio and TV stations. Regardless of the quality of their products and their political affiliations, different Cambodian news organizations have done a tremendous job to fulfill the three roles. Continue reading

A missing prince who would be king
September 10, 2007, 11:06 am
Filed under: Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Press Freedom

A missing prince who would be king

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh

PREY CHHOR, Kampong Cham: for some time during the Khmer Rouge regime this district was busy with people who risked their lives travelling from near and far to see a prince who would be their next King.

To all friends and foes in his labor camps, he was known as Mith Suon or Comrade Suon.

But that was not his real name. People said he was His Royal Highness Prince Norodom Naradipo, one of King Sihanouk’s sons who disappeared mysteriously about 23 years ago. Continue reading

Independent Radio Needed In Cambodia
September 10, 2007, 10:48 am
Filed under: Press Freedom

Letter to the editor

The Cambodia Daily

Monday 10 September 2007

Dear editor,

It’s really sad that the government has refused to grant the Cambodian Center for Independent Media a license to open its own radio station in Cambodia (“Government Denies Request To Launch New Station,” Thursday, page 20).

The government’s refusal to allow CCIM to start a radio station will only do more harm than good.

First, this refusal is in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which is enshrined in the Cambodian Constitution. Continue reading