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Assassination of Opposition Journalist – Political Motivation?

The assassination of an opposition journalist in Phnom Penh on July 11 has shocked the public and raised concern over the freedom of the press. The murder happened half way through the one month long official campaign for the fourth legislature of the Cambodian National Assembly after the Paris Peace Accord. Political motivation for the assassination has not been proved. However, political observers draw attention to a connection to reports published in the killed journalist’s newspaper that might exist. The leader of the opposition had been quoted alleging the Foreign Minister of participating in the Khmer Rouge atrocities in the second half of the 1970s. The editor in chief of the paper had temporarily been jailed for defamation and the opposition leader’s parliamentary immunity is said to be at risk. The Club of Cambodian Journalists, partner of KAS in Cambodia, published a statement on this murder.

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