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“Miss Landmine” in San Francisco

By: Norbert Klein Posted: October-15-2010 in
Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 686

The Daily Californian reports on 14 October 2010 about the SF Docfest – a film festival of documentary films.

I report about it here not only because there is also on contribution related to Cambodia, but also because there are also people in Cambodia getting involved in the production of documentary videos – for example among the students of the Department of Media & Communication at the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

Cambodian News in German Media

By: Norbert Klein Posted: September-27-2010 in
Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 683

Since my arrival in Germany on 13 September, the following reports were the only news about Cambodia I saw and heard.

On 13 September 2010 the German TV news Tagesschau carried a report under the heading:

A Country which Is an Important Supplier for German Suppliers: Textile Workers in Cambodia Striking

Foreigners Share VN Tales on Telly

By: The Word HCMC Posted: September-02-2010 in
The Word HCMC

A reality travel show hosted by foreigners fluent in Vietnamese debuted on Ho Chi Minh City Television last month.

Each episode of Viet Nam — Dat nuoc toi yeu (Vietnam — The country I love) features several 10-minute short stories narrated by foreigners who discuss their favourite things about Vietnam: the society, landscapes, culture, arts and entertainment, lifestyle, tourism and sport.

The series aims to provide local viewers with unique views of their home country, as told by foreigners studying and working in Vietnam.

The Mirrored Mirror

By: Norbert Klein Posted: September-02-2010 in
Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 680

This is a special text: the first in the third phase in the history of The Mirror. The first started in 1997 and lasted into 2006 with weekly editions on paper, also available for subscription over the Internet in the form of PDF files; the second with daily editions from 2007 until the end of August 2010, and now the third phase.

Disregarding or Facing Agreements in the Press?

By: Norbert Klein Posted: August-23-2010 in
Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 678

The Mirror was created to mirror the Khmer language press – that is to focus on important dynamics in society, as they are reflected in the press. That includes also to observe when there seem to be discrepancies between different streams of reporting. And it includes also to observe what seems not to be reported in the Khmer language press, though one would expect it.

Words Can Reveal or Obscure

By: Norbert Klein Posted: August-17-2010 in
Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 677

On Thursday, 12 August 2010, The Cambodia Daily had a headline that said:

Gov't Refutes Court Order on Land Dispute

And in the text this is explained as follows:

The Arrest of Journalists Is Worrying

By: The Mirror Posted: August-16-2010 in
The Mirror

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 677

“Phnom Penh: Recently, several journalists have been detained by the authorities while they were fulfilling their duties as journalists and following the ethics of journalists, but some others had them arrested because dishonest merchants and related authorities exaggerated some stories changing them from right to wrong.

Preah Vihear – Who Said What and Why

By: Norbert Klein Posted: August-04-2010 in
Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 675

When the media in both countries – Cambodia and Thailand – quote various sources to make conflicting claims, it is again an occasion to try to mirror these sources and leave it to our readers to draw their conclusions.

As ever, such a statement is always combined with the invitation to point out if the sources we quote are misquoted, or if there is an important reference missing. But it is not convincing to accuse the writer of this documentation simply to be wrong without showing substantive evidence, as happens sometimes. What follows is all based on publicly available documents. But as this

Cambodia Will Hand Over Two Terrorist Suspects to Thai Embassy Officials on Monday

By: The Mirror Posted: July-08-2010 in
The Mirror

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 672

“On Saturday Cambodian police arrested two Thai citizens accused of being involved in planing a bomb attack in Bangkok last month. The two alleged terrorists will be handed over to Thai embassy officials today [5 July 2010].

Free access to free flowing information

By: Norbert Klein Posted: July-05-2010 in
Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 670

The Constitution of a country is its basic law – all other laws and regulations have to follow the guidelines of the Constitution. The Constitution is also a basic guideline for the citizens of a country, especially in a country where the Constitution declares (inscribed in the name of the people: “WE, THE PEOPLE OF CAMBODIA” as its Preamble states):
“Cambodian people are the masters of their own country,” living in the Kingdom of Cambodia that has adopted “a policy of Liberal Democracy and Pluralism” as stated in its


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