Afraid to ‘Like’: Arrests, Surveillance Smother Facebook Defiance

Lim Kimsor says she is tired after years of activism — of receiving threats from authorities, being blocked from gatherings with local communities, and, most of all, seeing people become fearful of engaging with her.

Kimsor, formerly one of the faces of environmental group Mother Nature’s campaign videos, watched by millions on Facebook, now sells organic Cambodian meals online. Since leaving the group in February, she rarely shares anything online about environment issues.

“People are afraid to be involved,” she says. “People are afraid of their safety.”

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