Thursday, October 22, 2009

The New Demonstration Law

I really don’t want to go into details – others will do that for me. What struck me, however, was the reporting taking place.

The VOA Khmer writes:

"The opposition parties voiced strong criticism of the section of the law that limits demonstrations to 200 people."

The Phnom Penh Post is a little more specific:

"Under the new law, gatherings of more than 200 people will require organizers to apply for a permit from the government at least 12 hours ahead of time."

If you read the whole VOA article there is not one mention of the actual context. They let it stand as though demonstrations over 200 will not be allowed. This is factually wrong reporting, tendentious, even malicious. Isn’t the press supposed to report the news? And they complain about the CPP-leaning press in Cambodia?


Anonymous said...

No need for laws just lob a grenade.It sends a direct message: don't mess with me.

KJE said...

I take it you were being facetious.

Anonymous said...

Depends on which angle you look from.