Editor Acknowledges Carelessness in KR Report

Moneaksekar Khmer newspaper Editor-In-Chief Dam Sith acknowledged in a letter to Minis­ter of Foreign Affairs Hor Nam­hong, that he had been careless when he published an article quoting a Sam Rainsy comment linking the minister to the Khmer Rouge.

Dam Sith, who is also an SRP lawmaker candidate, had been in a weeklong detention earlier this month after being charged with defamation and disinformation, following a lawsuit filed by Hor Nam­hong over the article.

In his letter, which was published in Koh Santepheap newspaper Saturday, Dam Sith ex­pres­sed his “disappointment” over the article.

“I clearly understand that my article, implicating His Excellency…was a mistake as a professional [jour­nalist] in a democratic society. I am very disappointed,” he wrote. “I do hope His Excellency will understand and forgive me,” the let­ter dated Friday continued. That same day, Hor Nam­hong an­noun­ced he had withdrawn the lawsuit against Dam Sith.

On Friday, before the letter was published, Dam Sith had said he had not apologized to Hor Nam­hong and stood by his article.

Dam Sith declined to comment in detail on his letter Sunday, saying it was written in his capacity as editor-in-chief, not as an SRP candidate.

“It is [a] short letter for forgiveness; it does not affect [the SRP] during election,” he said.


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