Bernard Krisher, Free Press Champion in Cambodia, Dies at 87

Bernard Krisher, an idealistic, driven journalist who founded Cambodia’s first English-language daily newspaper and, as a philanthropist, established a hospital, an orphanage and hundreds of schools around Cambodia, died on March 5 in Tokyo. He was 87.

His death was reported on Monday by his newspaper, The Cambodia Daily, which quoted family members as saying the cause was heart failure.

In a long career that included 13 years as Tokyo bureau chief for Newsweek magazine, Mr. Krisher became a fixture of Asia journalism, specializing in exclusive interviews with figures like President Sukarno of Indonesia and Emperor Hirohito of Japan.

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