A young CTN personality accused Khmer-language newspaper Kampuchea Thmey Daily Thursday of damaging her reputation by printing a front-page story that accused her of unacceptable displays of public affection toward her boyfriend.
Khieu Sansana, 21, who presents music shows on CTN, said the author of the article, which accused her of behaving in an “anarchic,” shameless and European manner with her boyfriend, did not contact her for comment before the story was printed.
“Is it wrong that we love each other? I didn’t take somebody’s husband. He’s single,” Khieu Sansana said of her boyfriend.
“This affects my reputation. I ask that journalist to reconsider.”
Based on unnamed sources and attributed to an author identified as “Propey,” the article accused Khieu Sansana of behaving affectionately in public with her 27-year-old boyfriend.
A photo of Khieu Sansana standing harmlessly beside her boyfriend accompanied the article.
“They should clearly understand and know traditional values,” the front-page article stated. “They must not act in an open and anarchical way like this.”
An anonymous source cited in the story said Khieu Sansana “should not show too much tenderness with a person she loves without marriage and in the middle of a crowded party.”
Khieu Navy, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, referred all questions to the article’s author.
The author, who would only give his name as Propey, said he wrote the article after being contacted by an old woman, who provided the photo of the young couple.
He added that the public wants to know about Khieu Sansana because she is famous.
Khieu Sansana’s father, Khieu Kola, a well-known journalist, said the article brought shame on his profession.
“This brings shame on journalists,” he said.
Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said Khieu Sansana’s family could sue.
“She is just a child and they criticize her like this? It destroys the values of other journalists.”