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Kem Ley’s writings, speeches to live on in book form

Political activist and Grassroots Democracy Party organiser Kem Ley speaks at a Phnom Penh forum in 2014.
Political activist and Grassroots Democracy Party organiser Kem Ley speaks at a Phnom Penh forum in 2014. Heng Chivoan

Kem Ley’s writings, speeches to live on in book form

A group of Kem Ley’s former students are compiling the murdered political commentator’s speeches and writings into a series of books.

Ley, who was gunned down in a Phnom Penh petrol station on July 10, was known for his strident criticism of both major political parties and focus on improving government policy.

“First, we compiled all the political analysis pieces of teacher Kem Ley from his Facebook account, which he used to publish articles, but following a group discussion, we will also compile all of his speeches that he presented in the media as well,” said Moung Sony, one of Ley’s students and a participant in compiling the book.

Sony, a leader of the Khmer Student Intelligent League Association, said four of Ley’s students along with three other university students were involved in the project. He said a publishing date had not yet been decided, but the group would hold a press conference when the books were available – possibly at September’s end.

The books would be available for free to students and the public but donations would be welcomed to encourage the group to publish more.

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