Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Front page no place for gory pics: minister

Front page no place for gory pics: minister

Front page no place for gory pics: minister

Editors in newsrooms across the globe have an old saying that reflects the priority often given to violent news stories: If it bleeds, it leads.

But Cambodia’s Information minister thinks that if it bleeds, it needs to stay off the front page.

That’s the word from Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information, who recently cautioned publishers to resist the urge to run the kind of photos that cause readers to push away their breakfasts.

In a statement last week, Kanharith said he observed newspapers have paid scant attention to previous recommendations against publishing violent pictures, an action contrary to codes of conduct and press law.

“Moreover, all the pictures affect the feelings of victims’ families,” he said.

Nhem Noy, director of the Department of Information, told the Post that while the ministry hoped a sense of professionalism would dissuade papers from publishing such pictures, there were no penalties attached to the recommendation.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kim Yuthana at [email protected]


  • Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38 [Updated]

    Updated 5:05pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Kak Channthy, frontwoman of popular The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk on the city's

  • Australian police investigating death threat against Kem Ley's widow

    Updated: 10:17am, Friday March 23, 2018 Australian authorities on Thursday confirmed they have launched an investigation into a crudely written death threat sent tothe family of slain political analyst Kem Ley and Victoria state MP Hong Lim. The typed letter, reported to Victoria police last week, is

  • Apparel groups including H&M and Gap urge Cambodia garment industry reform, seek meeting with Hun Sen

    A group representing some of the largest apparel brands in the US and Europe – including Gap, H&M and ASOS – expressed “growing concern” on Tuesday over several controversial labour laws and ongoing court cases against unionists described as restrictive and unjust. In an open letter

  • Cambodia, states clash at UN session

    Cambodia traded shots with the international community in a heated exchange at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday evening, with states condemning the Kingdom’s ongoing crackdown on the political opposition and civil society, and an increasingly agitated Cambodia accusing member states