Monday, December 09, 2013

Some journalists are the target of discrimination: CCJ president

Pen Samithy, President of the Club of Cambodian Journalists (CCJ)
The Cambodia Herald, December 7, 2013

PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- Pen Samithy, President of the Club of Cambodian Journalists (CCJ), on Saturday said that the current situation for journalists in the country is lackluster because some journalists are the targets of discrimination by politicians.

Samithy made his comment at the CCJ’s Extraordinary Congress on the statute amendment funded by Konrad-Adenauer Foundation.

He said, during protests, some journalists had been discriminated against by politicians, forcing them to hide the name of the company they work for.

Disdain for journalists is dangerous for national society and for those who are of different race and have different beliefs, he said, adding that the solution to the problem is knowing and understanding the split between freedom of speech and hatred against journalists.

However, Pen Samithy said that journalists currently have full freedom to write stories to criticize both government and opposition politicians.


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