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Net Users Turn to Tribunal Sites for Video Coverage

Posted May 19th, 2011 at 4:47 pm (UTC+7)
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“…a society cannot know itself if it does not have an accurate memory of its own history,” reads a message on the main website of Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam). As DC-Cam publishes ‘Searching for the Truth,’ a monthly print publication on the Khmer Rouge for over a decade, in 2007 the independent research institute […]

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News of Journalism Mentor’s Death Broke on Facebook

Posted May 15th, 2011 at 5:36 pm (UTC+7)
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On 10 May at around 6 PM, a media student of Reach Sambath wrote on her lecturer’s Facebook profile that “Dear Lokru [lecturer or teacher], I hope you are fine now. We are worrying about you. Take care our dear lecturer”. Largely known for nurturing and mentoring young Cambodian journalists, Reach Sambath’s death shocked his […]

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Note on VOACambodia.com Contest

Posted May 10th, 2011 at 3:14 pm (UTC+7)
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As VOACambodia.com contest came to an end last week after a 27-year-old Voice of America (VOA) Khmer listener collected an Apple iPad (the contest grand prize), I have a few things to mention in this blog post. I began working on VOACambodia.com contest since late last year. Primarily designed to promote and enhance VOA Khmer’s […]

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What Information Means in Cambodia Today

Posted May 5th, 2011 at 9:24 am (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh On Tuesday, I attended a World Press Freedom Day forum in Phnom Penh. The theme this year was “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers.” And while everyone was talking about Facebook and Twitter, what I found interesting was the way that information is changing in Cambodia—how it’s gathered, delivered and […]

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After New Year, New Online Relationships

Posted April 13th, 2011 at 2:27 pm (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh As Cambodia’s New Year approaches, many of the nation’s young will be traveling home, to see old friends and spend time with their families. This is a time-honored tradition. But after the festivities are concluded and people return to their modern lives, they’ll increasingly grapple with social relationships that take place […]

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Sympathy for Japan, Online and Off

Posted March 30th, 2011 at 3:36 pm (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh I visited the Japanese Embassy in Phnom Penh last week after hearing that the embassy compound was open to residents for donations to the earthquake victims in Japan. Buddhist monks, students, business people and ordinary citizens were standing in line to pay tribute to the victims of the 9.0-magnitude quake and […]

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After Japan Quake, the Search for a Survivor

Posted March 18th, 2011 at 9:38 pm (UTC+7)
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Soeung Sophat (Washington, D.C.) and Bun Tharum (Phnom Penh) When an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, Cambodian students in Japan found themselves in a frightening situation. But through social media and other communications, most students were able to check on each other during and after the quake. When the shaking ended, all […]

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Blogs Providing Discussion Space for Women

Posted March 11th, 2011 at 10:51 am (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh Cambodian women bloggers say the Internet is helping them challenge a traditional order that has typically silenced them and to find new ways to air their grievances with society or government. Blogging can provide a useful outlet for the computer literate, including women, at a time when some groups say they […]

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Cambodian Radio App Proving Popular

Posted February 12th, 2011 at 7:26 am (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh Thousands of people have downloaded a Cambodian-developed application for the iPhone and iPad that allows users to listen to radio on their Apple gadgets. The application, called Radio Khmer (version 1.2), was created by KhemaraSoft, a technology firm that develops applications for Apple’s iOS platform. Sath Mony, a cofounder of the […]

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Blocked Blog Sites Stir Censorship Concerns

Posted January 20th, 2011 at 8:28 pm (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Pich Samnang Failed connections to blogs across numerous Internet service providers—including a prominent dissident site—has Cambodian web users seeking answers from their providers and the government. Apparent blocked access to KI Media in all cases, and to all of Google’s blogspot sites in some cases, also raised worries that government censorship moved online […]

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Bun Tharum is a freelance journalist, blogger, and digital media specialist. Blogging since 2005, he’s been a contributing-writer for Global Voices Online, Asian Correspondent, and several other print publications. His main interests are information and communication technologies for development and online media. Tharum’s base is Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s largest capital city.

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