With the advent of blogging platforms that are easy to launch and maintain, Cambodia’s rights activists are making use of the Internet to get their message out to a wider audience. In less than five minutes, nearly anyone can create a blog, whether its about his or her personal life as a university student or as an online outlet to aggregate issues facing Cambodia today.
Probably the first blog to call international attention to ongoing land issues in Cambodia is the “Save Boeung Kak Campaign,” maintained by the Housing Rights Task Force, a coalition of non-governmental advocates for housing rights in Phnom Penh. The blog features a petition to halt forced evictions and provides updates on this controversial issue, following World Bank warnings last month the international agency would freeze aid to Cambodia “until the government reaches a deal with thousands of residents who are under threat of eviction in a huge development project.”
By pulling together news stories from far-reaching outlets, the blog makes it easier for people to follow this eviction in particular.
But the “Save Boeung Kak Campaign” blog is not alone. More blogs are appearing on the Internet calling for support. Among them are “Prey Lang: It’s YOUR Forest Too,” “CambodiaTrainspotter,” and “Sahrika.”
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