Attack Sparks Huge Rise in Paper Sales

Newspapers are printing double their normal circulation to satisfy the public’s interest in Tues­day’s shooting of famed singer Touch Srey Nich, local editors said Wednesday.

Pen Samithy, editor-in-chief of Rasmei Kampuchea (Light of Cambodia), said he will print 35,000 copies daily for at least a week. The paper usually prints about 17,000 copies, he said.

“We add­ed double the normal amount of copies, and I heard this morning that the stores ran out of papers at about 8 or 9 o’clock,” he said.

Samleng Yuvachon Khmer (Voice of Khmer Youth), which normally publishes in the morning, rushed out an afternoon edition following the shooting Tues­day. The opposition paper is printing three times its normal 3,000 copies, said Editor-in-Chief Keo Sothea.

Touch Srey Nich, a 24-year-old teacher and popular pro-Funcin­pec singer, was shot three times Tues­day morning as she left a flower shop on Monireth Boule­vard. The story captivates readers because of the singer’s popularity and widespread speculation that her shooting might have been a political attack, editors said.

Newspapers had a similar boom in 1999 when famed actress and singer Piseth Pilika was killed, said Keo Sorphon, publisher of Chak­raval (Universe). The newspaper printed a special edition on Tues­day afternoon and will continue to publish in both the morning and afternoon to meet de­mand, he said. “This style of killing has been quiet for rather long,” Keo Sor­phon said. “This is the second time we’ve had a killing of a movie actress or singer.”

“Our circulation will continue to increase because we will be up­dating her health condition in Bangkok,” he said.

Lim Solida, who sells newspapers near Independence Monu­ment, said Wednesday he sold all his copies of Rasmei Kampu­chea, Koh Santepheap (Island of Peace) and Samleng Yuvachon Khmer before 8 am Wednesday.

“People want to know about it, particularly because she is a famous singer,” Lim Solida said.

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