Covering Cambodia in the 90s & 00s: “Challenges & Opportunities”

Journalism Talk


Journalism Talk

Panel Discussion on: Covering Cambodia in the 90s & 00s: “Challenges & Opportunities” 

In the early 1990s and 2000s, Cambodia remained one of the most underdeveloped countries in the region. Still affected by its war-ridden past, Cambodia was still somewhat of a dangerous destination to visit at that time. However, upon the beginning of the United Nations operation for transitional authority in Cambodia following the signing of the Paris Peace Agreements that ended the country’s civil war, more international journalists started to come back to cover Cambodia again.


The country’s conditions presented both challenges and opportunities for journalists to cover the news in Cambodia. We will revive these stories through the memories of two veteran journalists who until these days are still involved in the media and journalism sector in Cambodia. We also aim to use these untold stories to encourage and inspire more media students to work as a journalist. 


Panelists: Mrs. Michelle Vachon & Mr. Pierre Gillette

Note: the panel discussion will be conducted in English and French ( with English translation). 


The event will be conducted physically on January 25, 2022, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM, at KAS Cambodia Office. Join our wonderful event by getting yourself registered here before January 20, 2022. 



6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Registration & Networking

Finger food and drinks provided

7:00 PM - 7:45 PM: Panel Discussion - Covering Cambodia in the 90s & 00s: “Challenges &  Opportunities"

Panelists: Mrs. Michelle Vachon & Mr. Pierre Gillette

Moderator: Mr. Soumy Phan


  • Mrs. Michelle Vachon started as a French-language television/radio journalist at the national television network CBC in Canada, covering mostly politics. After working in educational television in Toronto and Los Angeles, she covered business for a business magazine in California and later for a daily newspaper in Florida in the United States. Coming to Cambodia in February 1999, she first was the business manager of The Cambodia Daily, and switched to editorial at her request in February 2001. As a feature writer, she focused on the country’s 20th-century history, archeological research and Angkor, and contemporary arts and artists. She now is one of the news editors and also writes features for Cambodianess.com.


  • Mr. Pierre Gillette first worked in journalism in the 1980s, covering news events for radio stations in France. Coming to Cambodia as a freelance journalist in 1994, his first series of reports was about Western tourists who were held hostage and eventually executed by the Khmer Rouge in Kampot Province. Becoming editor in chief of the French-language daily newspaper Cambodge Soir in 1995, he managed a team of around 20 French and Cambodian journalists until 2007. Following a brief sabbatical, he has been and remains involved in journalism projects in Cambodia including the launch and development of online news ThmeyThmey.com in Khmer and Cambodianess.com in English, while also working in communications and book publishing.   


  • Mr. Soumy Phan is a Program Manager for Media and Journalism at KAS Cambodia. 


7:45 PM - 8:15 PM: Open Q & A Session

Open to all participants in the room. 
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  • Michelle Vachon and Pierre Gillette

    Soumy Phan

    Portrait Soumy Phan