The International Women’s Media Foundation has honored Phorn Bopha, a reporter for the English-language The Cambodia Daily, with the 2013 Courage in Journalism Award. Bopha has reported extensively on corruption, deforestation, and child trafficking, upsetting government officials and business people in Cambodia. Bopha says she will not stop facing challenges because journalism is part of her life and she uses it to make significant contribution to her community. VOA’s Men Kimseng spoke to Phorn Bopha after she received the Courage Award in a ceremony in New York.
Cambodia's opposition finished its three days of mass demonstrations in the capital to submit its petitions to embassies of countries which are signatories of Paris Peace Accord. The Cambodian National Rescue Party, which organized the protests, led the march on Friday five foreign embassies of Australia, Russia, Indonesia, Japan and China. Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh.
In a second day of demonstrations Thursday, supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party marched on Western embassies, calling for support in its demands for improved elections and democracy. CNRP leaders say irregularities and fraud in July’s national elections cost them a win at the polls. Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh.
Cambodia's opposition is beginning three days of mass demonstrations in the capital to call for the government to allow an independent probe into alleged fraud in the country's most recent election. Thousands gathered early Wednesday in Phnom Penh's Freedom Park, where they were met by thousands of riot police. Many Cambodians fear a repeat of last month's opposition protests, during which one protester was killed and several wounded following clashes with police. Say Mony, Phnom Penh.
Cambodia's opposition is beginning three days of mass demonstrations in the capital to call for the government to allow an independent probe into alleged fraud in the country's most recent election. Thousands gathered early Wednesday in Phnom Penh's Freedom Park, where they were met by thousands of riot police. The Cambodian National Rescue Party, which organized the protests, plans to march on Wednesday to a United Nations office in the capital to deliver a petition calling for international intervention to end the standoff over the July vote. They will also march to several foreign embassies. Cambodian authorities granted last minute approval for the CNRP to deliver the petition, but stipulated that only 1,000 people be allowed to join the march. (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)
More than 1,000 riot police were deployed to the heart of Phnom Penh on Monday, where demonstrators for housing rights gathered to demand resolutions to ongoing evictions and poor resettlement deals. Some 100 demonstrators had planned to march on City Hall, but riot police were able to contain them within the government-sanctioned assembly space of Freedom Park, nearby. The demonstration and the police reaction to it were preludes to a massive three-day demonstration planned by the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, planned for later this week. (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy will be interviewed by VOA Khmer in Washington Thursday morning, following meetings with US and UN officials and donors over Cambodia’s ongoing political deadlock in the wake of marred elections in July. Sam Rainsy met with US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns Wednesday afternoon. A spokeswoman for the State Department said Wednesday that US officials “do believe and continue to believe that a credible and transparent review of the election would help efforts moving forward.” (Sok Khemara, Washington)
Some 100 demonstrators for housing rights clashed with police on Thursday, after they marched on Phnom Penh’s City Hall on Thursday to call for a solution for evictees of the neighborhood of Borei Keila. No serious injuries were reported, after the group ran into some 100 riot police with batons and shields. Heavy rains have created illnesses at an eviction site outside the capital, where former residents of Borei Keila have been forced to live to make way for city developers. About 60 families have not received adequate housing after the eviction, representatives said. (Khoun Theara, Phnom Penh)
A female Cambodian journalist Phorn Bopha is one of the three winners of the 2013 International Women's Media Award for Courage in Journalism, organized by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). Bopha got trapped in the middle of a murder case on an environmentalist Chhut Wuthy last year, and almost lost her life. However, the incident did not discourage her. She continues to report on corruption and illegal logging for the English-language Cambodia Daily newspaper. She broke her silence in an interview with VOA Khmer’s Men Kimseng.