Thursday, July 17, 2008

Opposition journalist murdered

Last Friday, July 11, journalist Khim Sambor were shot dead. His 22 year old son was also hit and died in hospital Saturday. The Cambodia Daily reports that Khim was working at Moneaksekar Khmer, a pro Sam Rainsy Party newspaper.

Two days after the shooting the bodies were cremated. The gunmen are still unidentified, and the motive for the murder has yet to be established, but Reporters Without Borders stated Saturday according to Cambodia Daily that Khim Sambor had written about corruption cases allegedly involving high politicians and that the murder could have been political. President of the Cambodian human rights NGO Licadho said to Cambodia Daily that this kind of violence against journalists is a threat to the access to information for the people since the people working with media will be scared and and start to censor their information.

The murder of Khim Sambor is the 12th killing of a journalist since the 1993 general election reports Cambodia Daily. None of this killings has been solved. FBI has offered their help in solving the Khim Sambor case.

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