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Khmer Rouge trial telecasts must continue

Dear Editor,

After only one day of testimony in the historic Case 002 against senior Khmer Rouge leaders Ieng Sary, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, the Cambodian Television Network stopped its daily live broadcasts from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

CTN’s decision is understandable, as it is a private company. But it is the responsibility of the ECCC (and the United Nations and the Royal Government of Cambodia) to make sure  the entire trial is broadcast live to the public.

This is the most important genocide trial of the 21st century, and it is taking place here in Cambodia.

Survivors have been waiting more than 30 years to hear what the Khmer Rouge leaders have to say, and they have the right to hear the testimony of the accused.

Young Cambodians also have the right to hear it so they may better understand their country's recent history.

This is only the second ECCC trial, and may well be the last. Only four people may ever face justice for the deaths of nearly two million Cambodians. What is the point of all the effort to hold this trial if Cambodians are not able to see it happen?

Youk Chhang, Director Documentation Center of Cambodia

Send letters to: newsroom@phnompenhpost.com or PO Box 146, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Post reserves the right to edit letters to a shorter length. The views expressed are solely the author’s and do not reflect any positions taken by The Phnom Penh Post.

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