Hang Chakra to maintain his stance

Monday, April 19, 2010

Hang Chakra, Editor-in-chief of The Khmer Machas Srok newspaper

19 April 2010
Free Press Magazine online
Translated from Khmer by Socheata
Click here to read the article in Khmer

Hang Chakra, the Editor-in-chief of the Khmer Machas Srok newspaper who was released from jail on 13 April, i.e. just ahead of the Cambodian New Year celebration, declared that the he will continue to maintain his original conscience in the criticism of the government.

Yesterday, Hang Chakra declared that he will thrive to publish The Khmer Machas Srok newspaper by next week after its publication was suspended since the beginning of April due to financial issue, and he said that he will continue to criticize the government in order to push for progress in national development and to fight against corruption.

At the same time, Hang Chakra denied the rumors claiming that he joined the CPP and that he will stop criticizing the government. Hang Chakra said: “There is no institution that can pressure me to change my conscience when I am using my own funds to publish my newspaper, and when my newspaper is still alive through the support of the readers.”

Nevertheless, prior to his pardon, Hang Chakra wrote a letter of apology to Hun Xen, and he promised that, should he be released, he will not write any article pointing to corruption without proof.


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