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Journalist Goes to Court

Dam Sith, editor-in-chief of Moneaksekar Khmer newspaper Monday went to the Phnom Penh court to answer questions on charges of tarnishing National Assembly President Norodom Ranaridh's reputation and the National Assembly's name.

Moneaksekar Khmer is well known to criticize the government and supports the opposition party.

Mr. Kim San of the National Assembly secretariat, filed suit against the newspaper editor in October 2004 accusing Mr. Dam of publishing about 20 articles in his newspaper which had tarnished Prince Ranaridh's name.

Phnom Penh court deputy prosecutor Cheth Chariya charged Mr. Dam of defaming the prince.

Mr. Dam Sith complained that he had not received any complaints and was not given a chance to make corrections if what he had published were indeed wrong.