17 Sep '12, 7pm

When Journalists Are Dying to Expose Environmental Plunder

It’s a sad reflection of reality that my first reaction to the news of Hang Serei Oudom’s murder was not one of shock or surprise. The Cambodian journalist’s body was found last week in the boot of his own car. He had apparently been axed to death just days after reporting on links between the military and illegal logging there. Oudom’s story was just the latest in a series that had shed light on the corruption and criminality that are tearing Cambodia’s forests apart for quick bucks to line powerful pockets. As the Bangkok Post reports , a military policeman has now been charged with his murder. My lack of surprise as this grisly crime stemmed from the fact that Oudom is not alone, as I have noted in a post at my Under the Banyan blog called ‘They kill environment journalists, don’t they? ’. It describes how journalists in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the former Soviet...

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