A group of former correspondents from Cambodia's tumultuous war have erected a monument with the names of fallen journalists in Phnom Penh. They returned to Cambodia this week to remember their colleagues, whose names are etched into the monument in front of the Hotel Le Royale, a de facto headquarters for journalists at the time. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith reports.
An election monitoring group has developed a smartphone application to help voters get news about the upcoming July election and other political events, and to help them report irregularities during the campaign and polls. Srey Sopheak, a spokesman for the Committee for Free and Fair Elections, told Sok Khemera of VOA Khmer in a Skype interview that the Cambodian Voter Voice app also contains educational video clips, a calendar and other features to help Cambodians participate in the upcoming election.
Police say they now consider the enacted hostage crisis in Kampong Cham province Wednesday a hoax, masterminded by an employee of a local bank who was in debt and wanted to rob his own bank. (VOA Khmer Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh.)
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has launched a public campaign to put pressure on authorities to release Beehive Radio owner Mam Sonando from prison. The campaign includes a “justice calendar,” which tracks the number of days he has been in jail, and a postcard design competition for the jailed radio broadcaster. Mam Sonando has been in jail since his arrest in July, on charges he helped foment a secessionist group in Kratie province. Rights workers have said he was arrested after criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen. VOA Khmer Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.