Four reporters from the English-language newspaper the Cambodia Daily were called
to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Jan 23 to respond to allegations by Foreign Minister
Hor Namhong that the newspaper had libeled him.
The Foreign Minister initiated the libel proceedings in reaction to a pair of articles
printed in the Daily that suggested that he had been a member of the Khmer Rouge
and was a potential defendant in a future Khmer Rouge tribunal.
The articles made reference to Hor Namhong's behavior during his period of internment
at the Khmer Rouge "re-education camp" of Boeng Trabek. Although former
inmates have stated that Namhong played a supervisory role at the camp, there is
apparently no evidence suggesting he was a member of the Khmer Rouge (i.e. CPK).
It is unclear if or when the court will officially agree to initiate libel proceedings.
Cambodia Daily staff declined comment on the matter.