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Nonn's new paper empire

THE editor of Morning News Nguon Nonn, undeterred by his one month stint in jail

for his reporting on the failed coup, has announced new plans to restart his publication

and five additional newspapers.

Morning News was shut down by the government on July 8 after running articles alleging

high ranking CPP officials were involved in the coup. Nonn, charged with threatening

national security, spent 28 days in PJ prison and he is still waiting for his case

to be formally heard by the courts.

In an interview with the Post on Sep 5, Nonn announced that he would soon resume

the Morning News which would be renamed Morning News Incorporated.

He said the paper would act as a parent to two other papers he plans to start: People

Democratic and Advanced Intellectual. Nonn said he would spend about $40,000 on the

creation of the three papers.

He also indicated that if the atmosphere was favorable he would begin publishing

three other papers called Khmer Independent, National Forum and New Week.

If the plans come to fruition Nonn will be running a total of six newspapers, but

he gave the Post no dates for when the new publications would begin.

Nonn said since his release from prison on Aug 6 he has had to remain at home due

to health problems created by his stay in jail. He said he suffers hearing and vision

problems and feels constantly tired and numb because of the very bad conditions in

PJ prison.

He added that since returning home he felt like he was under constant police surveillance.

Nonn's arrest caused a storm of protest by Western human rights organizations.



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