Dam Sith, the editor of the opposition newspaper Moneaksekar
Khmer who was jailed for a week in June and was the boss of slain journalist
Khim Sambor, fully supports the FBI's offer to aid police in solving the
Speaking by phone for fear of leaving his house, Dam Sith
said Thursday on "Hello VOA" he regretted that Cambodia had not yet
taken the FBI up on an offer to aid the investigation of the murder of Khim
Sambor, who was shot dead with his son July 11 on a Phnom Penh street.
"I strongly support the FBI to help investigate, but
it's a regret that the government refuses to grant their participation,"
Dam Sith said.
No suspect has been arrested in the murder, but the killing,
two weeks from a national election, has meant a chilling effect on opposition
"We do not dare to cover news in public, because we're
concerned about our safety," Dam Sith said.
At least 12 journalists have been killed in Cambodia since
1994, but no killers have been brought to trial.
Sam Rithy Duong Hak, vice president of the Cambodian
Association of Professional Journalists, echoed Dam Sith's support for FBI
"There is more fear now," he said.