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Pageant ban a freedom of expression issue

Pageant ban a freedom of expression issue

Dear Editor,

I think it is very sad when a private art gallery is so intimidated by the arbitrary view of a government ministry that it cancels a legitimate, albeit slightly controversial, photographic exhibit with a decent purpose. I think it speaks very poorly for the state of free speech and free expression.
Historically, the arts have been a haven for free expression when more direct channels were repressed. There's a saying that bad things happen when good people stand by and do nothing. I think it is also very sad that the diplomatic powers lack the will or the courage or the integrity to speak openly, clearly and honestly to affirm the human rights they claim to cherish. I wonder what will happen next in the Kingdom of Wonders?

Jim Mizerski
Phnom Penh

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