I was amazed to read the article by Matthew Grainger entitled "EU media guru
says Ranariddh guilty" in the 30 Jan-13 Feb Phnom Penh Post - because of the
style and the distortions and innuendos. I know Raoul Jennar since early 1990, and
I have followed his work ever since, and had also already read the article on the
Internet to which Grainger's article referred. I have found Raoul Jennars's work
to be solid and well founded - and on that basis he dares to publicly share observations
about weaknesses on all sides of a situation, even if those observations make some
people uncomfortable. This is very valuable for the country; it is one of the elements
needed for a democratic civil society.
As the editor of The Mirror, a weekly review in English of the Khmer language press,
I could not but feel that the Phnom Penh Post is now taking a journalistic style
for which the Khmer press is so often criticized by foreigners: lots of opinions
presented as fact in order to drive home some political point - to the detriment
of somebody else.
The Phnom Penh Post has done and can do much better. As a reader of your paper since
the very first issue I can only hope you will return to your often proven professional
seriousness. And I hope you will also do all in your power to rectify the damage
which has been done to the reputation of Raoul Jennar.
- Norbert Klein, Phnom Penh.