Cambodia's National Election Committee must be reformed and opposition leader Sam Rainsy allowed to return ahead of elections if the July polls are to be considered free and fair, a US rights activist says. Joshua Cooper, executive director of the Four Freedom Forum, describes the steps needed for improved elections with VOA Khmer's Men Kimseng, as US diplomats push for more reforms
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.)