• Foreign Correspondence

    Hurley Scroggins: 1961-2018

    Hurley Scroggins, journalist and owner of what was the greatest little bar in Phnom Penh, passed away on October 4. Following the closure of Cantina, Michael Hayes, co-founder and former publisher of the Phnom Penh [...]
  • AsiaWATCH

    China in Cambodia

    Rarely have Beijing and its minions been seen in such a dreadful light. The arrival of mainland Chinese in their droves as developers, financiers, restaurateurs, boiler room operators, gamblers, construction workers and tourists is sorely [...]
  • AsiaWATCH

    KR Genocide Verdict Due

    The Khmer Rouge Tribunal has set November 16 as the date for a verdict in the genocide trial of Pol Pot’s surviving henchmen. It promises to be a big day for those of us who [...]
  • Ricketson spent 14 months behind bars before his three week trial ended with a guilty verdict and a six year jail term

    Ricketson Pardoned

    Australian filmmaker James Ricketson has returned to Australia after his six-year sentence for spying — following a trial sharply criticized by human rights groups and politicians — was pardoned by Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni. But he [...]
  • AsiaWATCH

    Cambodia’s ‘Election’

    Arguably the real story of Cambodia’s 2018 election was that Prime Minister Hun Sen has effectively pulled the bamboo curtain down on a quarter century of multiparty democracy in the Southeast Asian state. Read more. [...]
  • AsiaWATCH

    Pham Xuan An: The Punji Trap

    During the Vietnam War, journalist Pham Xuan An covertly straddled two worlds. As a correspondent for Time and Reuters, An was a champion of the Western liberal media; as a spy for Hanoi, he played [...]
  • AsiaWATCH

    Phnom Penh Post Sold

    Australian miner Bill Clough has ended months of speculation and announced the sale of The Phnom Penh Post – effectively the last bastion of independent journalism in Cambodia – to a Malaysian investor for an [...]
  • AsiaWATCH

    SE Asia’s Tough Elections

    Four pending general elections have the potential to reshape Southeast Asian political dynamics with the recent slide towards autocracy raising fears that the ballot box will become little more than a tool for entrenching authoritarian [...]
  • Foreign Correspondence

    Shah Marai: 1977-2018

    Shah Marai Faizi, a dedicated family man, a brave and terrific colleague, friend and accomplished war photographer was killed in Kabul, Monday April 30. Twenty-five people, including nine journalists, were killed in the double suicide [...]
  • AsiaWATCH

    Vietnam Hopes for Free Press

    A free press has been an anathema in Vietnam ever since the communists seized control of the north in 1954 and annexed the south 21 years later. But there are hopes that Hanoi’s rigid control [...]