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Wednesday, 9.1.2008: Today there are two articles translated: one addition from Tuesday, and one normal for Wednesday

Posted on 10 January 2008. Filed under: Week 542 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 542


Publisher Urges Municipal Court to Demand $20,000 from Radio Free Asia

“Phnom Penh: Mr. Bernard Krisher, the publisher of The Cambodia Daily, said on 6 January 2008 that he explained to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on 25 December 2007 his lawsuit against Radio Free Asia [RFA] demanding approximately US$20,000 compensation, because RFA copied all pieces of information from <em>The Cambodia Daily for more than ten years.

“During October 2007, Mr. Kem Sos, the President of the Khmer service of RFA, gave explanations to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court regarding the lawsuit of The Cambodia Daily. Mr. Kem Sos made no comment when Koh Santepheap contacted him by phone, but he passed questions on to his lawyer to answer instead of him, but also the lawyer did not make any comment.

“Mr. Bernard Krisher added that for two years, RFA had copied and faxed all pieces of information from The Cambodia Daily from Phnom Penh to Bangkok, and then they sent it to the United States. He affirmed, ‘We will not allow this, no matter how much would be paid, because it is a violation of copyright legislation of the country. They can quote some pieces of information but not all – for example for teaching students.’

“A RFA staff member, who asked that his name should not to be mentioned, said that as far as he knows, this issue had already been settled between the leaders of the two institutions. The same staff member said that the lawsuit might have already been finished.

“However, a RFA staff member had said that some issues were to be decided by the [RFA] leaders in Washington, USA.

“Mr. Bernard Krisher went on to say, ‘We want the court to demand the money from RFA to be paid into our account. Then we will use that money to help poor people, such as by constructing school buildings in Kandal etc.’ He continued to say that when he was explaining the issue to the court, the court required him to give them the name and the address of the president of RFA, and he gave this information already to the court.

“Mr. Bernard Krisher added, ‘According to law, they cannot copy all pieces of information from The Cambodia Daily; previously they had acknowledged that they were guilty and they said they would not commit the offense any longer, but later on they did the same.’ He continued that during the first two years, he wrote to Mr. Kem Sos about this issue and there was an apology at that time, but after that, they said that they were not guilty concerning this issue. Therefore, Mr. Bernard Krisher decided to file a complaint to the court, asking for help to find justice.

“The publisher of The Cambodia Daily affirmed that previously, the Sam Rainsy Party had copied whole articles and posted them on their homepage, but he wrote to them and then they paid $2,000 and promised not to continue to do what they had done any longer. He continued that also the United Nations Development Program used to do the same, but they paid US$5,000. ‘We do not prohibit to quote from the content for publication, but not the whole content.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6239, 8.1.2008

New ASEAN Secretary-General Expects to Have an ASEAN Human Rights Organization

“Phnom Penh: The new ASEAN Secretary-General, who has just taken up this position, expressed optimism that the ASEAN countries will join to create an ASEAN human rights organization as an important instrument to promote human rights in the region.

“Mr. Surin Pitswuan, the former Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs, who just took up the position of ASEAN Secretary-General in early January 2008, said that he believes ASEAN will have its human rights organization in five years, while the process for its creation has already started.

“He went on to say, ‘ASEAN will have an human rights organization.’ He added, ‘ASEAN government leaders have already announced the creation of this organization in a joint statement, and this is a positive process.’ His speech was quoted by the Antara News Agency of Indonesia after he had said so at a press conference this Monday.

“Ms. Seng Theary, the President of the Center for Social Development, a non-government organization in Cambodia, told Rasmei Kampuchea that she welcomes the creation of such an organization. The president of the Center for Social Development added that this will be an important contribution to promote human rights in the ten member countries of ASEAN.

“At a conference of ASEAN ministers in 2007 in the Philippines, the ten ASEAN countries, including Myanmar (Burma) which previously had opposed this creation, now it also expressed its support for the creation of an ASEAN human rights organization.

“It should be stated that Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia, expressed full support for the initiative when Cambodia was in the chair of an unofficial ASEAN conference on the creation of an ASEAN human rights organization, in 2007 in Siem Reap. Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen hinted that Cambodia is also on the way to create a national organization for human rights.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4484, 9.1.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6239, 8.1.2008

  • Publisher Urges Municipal Court to Demand $20,000 from Radio Free Asia

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #51, 9-15.1.2008

  • Government Rejects Attempt to Open Taiwanese Trade Representative Office in Cambodia, but Opposition Politicians Support the Attempt
  • Samdech Chea Sim Calls for International Community to Provide More Funds to Khmer Rouge Tribunal
  • Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen Orders Engineering Unit and Bodyguards to Build Roof of [Sihanoukville’s] Market for the Vendors Which Was Destroyed by Fire

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1540, 9.1.2008

  • Funcinpec Vows Not to [verbally] Attack Critics [those who leave Funcinpec and then criticize Funcinpec]
  • [Prime Minister Hun Sen urges] International Finance Center in Phnom Penh Which Costs $1.1 Billion Should Be Built Soon [by the South Korean construction company GF (phonetic)]

Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #544, 9.1.2008

  • If There Was No 7 January 1979 [when Cambodia was liberated from the Khmer Rouge regime], There Would Also Be No Illegal Yuon [Vietnamese] Living All over Cambodia

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #88, 9.1.2008

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Calls for Khmer Citizens to Vote for the Sam Rainsy Party in Order to Win Over Cambodian People’s Party [CPP]
  • Parliamentarian Ky Lum Ang [from Battambang] and Parliamentarian Than Sina [from Kampot] Plan to Leave Funcinpec and Join Sam Rainsy Party

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3359, 9.1.2008

  • Sam Rainsy Party Proposes that Citizens Should Have the Right to Elect Provincial and Town Governors
  • That Many Illegal Yuon Immigrants Live in Cambodia These Days Is Achievement of CPP [mocking]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4484, 9.1.2008

    New ASEAN Secretary-General Expects to Have an ASEAN Human Rights Organization

  • Swedish Assembly Delegates Come to Strengthen Relations with Cambodian Assembly
  • Dey Krahom Community Area: Confrontation [between dwellers and 7NG Company] Results in a Truck Being Destroyed by Fire [by unknown persons – Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh]

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