Pearl, wife of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and
murdered in Pakistan in 2002, is coming to Cambodia this week. She has been hired
by Glamour magazine as a monthly columnist to file dispatches from around the world.
According to the New York Times she will be writing about a former sex slave who
escaped her captors and now works to help fight the sex-slave industry.
** Bar and restaurant owners on the north side of Wat Phnom are up in arms about
the Municipality's decision to order them to close within one year "in order
to keep safety, order and beauty of Wat Phnom," according to the March 23 announcement
signed by Chhay Tirith, Chief of Srah Chork Commune.
One bar owner said he'd heard from a source in the Municipality that the decision
was made at the request of the US embassy over security concerns. US embassy Public
Affairs Officer Jeff Daigle said "We absolutely deny that that is the case."
He also said that the accusation of embassy involvement in the Municipality's decision
"makes no sense whatsoever."
** The shipwreck discovered near Koh S'dech has professional salvagers with extensive
international experience interested in helping the government rescue the artifacts.
One company representative that just completed a salvage operation in Indonesian
waters in which over a $100 million in artifacts were taken off a wreck recently
visited the Koh S'dech operation and says that around 50 percent of the roughly 1,000
artifacts brought up by the navy-supervised team are being damaged in the process.
** The Phnom Penh Post is honored to tip its hat to one of its own. Journalist Sam
Rith, above, received a top prize of the 2006 Developing Asia Journalism Awards presented
by the Asian Development Bank.
Over 250 entries were submitted from across the ADB's developing member countries.
There were 16 finalists from 11 nations. Rith was the only journalist from the Kingdom
and was awarded the Youngest Development Journalists 2006 Award at a ceremony held
in Manila, the Philippines, on April 19. His submission was the article "Widows
still fighting the demons of war" published on March 11, 2005.