Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Pageant ban a freedom of expression issue

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

Send letters to: [email protected] or PO Box 146, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Post reserves the right to edit letters to a shorter length.
The views expressed above are solely the author's and do not reflect any positions taken by The Phnom Penh Post.

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty