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Experts See Opening for Citizen Journalism in Cambodia

  • Kong Sothanarith
  • VOA Khmer

Citizen journalism need not be full-fledged stories to contribute to the democratic process, King said.

Citizen journalism need not be full-fledged stories to contribute to the democratic process, King said.

PHNOM PENH - Citizen journalism can be a great help to democracy and educating the public, working through social media and other digital platforms, a senior news editor says.

Lila King, senior director for social media at CNN, told journalists, students and others gathered at the US Embassy for World Press Freedom Day on Thursday that citizen journalism and digital media allow people to express themselves—and their grievances.

“One of the most critical things that citizen journalism can do is allow people to express their feelings, and in some cases their unhappiness, with the government and government officials,” King said, responding via video conferencing from Hong Kong to the live questions at the embassy.

Citizen journalism need not be full-fledged stories to contribute to the democratic process, King said. It could be something as simple as a photo with a caption, disseminated through digital and social media.

Cambodia is in the beginning stages of citizen journalism, US Embassy spokesman Sean McIntosh said.

But it is out there, and it is contributing to the public good.

A recent video that captured a robbery and murder, posted on Facebook, led police to an arrest, he said.
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