20 September 2011


Post: Banned film an internet hit

The Phnom Penh Post reports today that the Khmer-language version of Who Killed Chea Vichea? has received more than 9,000 views on YouTube and Vimeo since it was posted five days ago (see vicheamovie.com).

Over the past year and a half, Cambodian officials have offered a variety of justifications for banning the film's import and screening in Cambodia.

In today's article, Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak offers a new one, saying that the documentary was banned because it was filmed in Cambodia without the approval of the Ministry of Culture or the Ministry of Information. 

As usual for Cambodian officials, he offers nothing to substantiate that there is such a regulation or law on the books, but adds, "I do not know what the consequences would be if the film is shown here."

Bradley Cox, the film's director, told the Post he wouldn't bother to try to have the ban lifted. “Freedom of expression is protected under the Cambodian constitution, regardless of what the police and government officials might say.”

Read article at Phnom Penh Post or here

See also Cambodia Daily coverage, Voice of America posting

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