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
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.