I was in a village in Takeo last weekend visiting some Cambodian friends and we talked about some important issues for the upcoming elections. I was struck by the deep anger they felt over landgrabs and wondered how they might channel that come election time.
What’s certain is that it’s a dwindling population that will vote for anything other than their best interests.
All of this makes for tense atmosphere going forward. Foreign journalists do suffer intimidation, harassment and even violence. The Overseas Press Club of Cambodia is a rallying point for foreign journalists. We have a dedicated and experienced board who are ready to take your side in disputes and offer support.
We are also planning community and networking events that will happen every month. Documentaries at Meta House, booze cruises and BBQs are chances to meet your peers, make contacts and have an old-fashioned journo shindig.
Join our Facebook group and make sure you check the “see first” option so Facebook doesn’t filter out our events in your news feed.
We elected a new board at our AGM in December. Many thanks to Lauren Crothers, the outgoing president who was a popular and capable leader. The new board is listed below and please feel free to approach any one of us with any concern or idea you have.
And look out for the OPCC podcast, bring you in-depth discussion about Cambodia with a side order of top quality banter.
OPCC board 2017:
President – Nathan Thompson
Vice President – Erin Hale
Treasurer – Luke Hunt
Secretary – Ricardo Perez-Solero Liosa
Board members – Robert Starkweather, Jodie Dejonge, Joanna Mayhew-Brewster