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Cambodian journalists approve rules for reporting on border conflict with Thailand

PHNOM PENH, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) — Thirty-two editors-in-chief and senior representatives from major print and electronic media in Cambodia have approved rules for reporting on border conflict with Thailand so as to avoid misunderstanding or incitement that may lead to more tension.

In a statement released Monday by Club of Cambodian Journalists after ending of a two-day editors’forum in Kep Province, 180 kilometers south of Phnom Penh, it said all the editors-in-chief and senior representatives from both major print and electronic media adopted 11-point rules for reporting on border conflict, especially with Thailand among other rules for reporting on domestic conflicts.

The statement said the rules were corresponding to the notification on many reports concerning the border conflict between Cambodia and Thailand that began from mid 2008 to the mid 2010.

Among the rules adopted, they agreed that “to avoid any articles that may lead to anger against another race or religion or jeopardize the diplomatic relations as results of unclear and groundless news analysis on their own.”

“Avoiding any harm to Cambodian citizens as well as those from the country of conflict with Cambodia, especially, those who are living along the border and the workers including tourists of all nationality,” it added.

Pen Samitthy, president of the Club of Cambodian Journalists said the editors’ forum is important to help improve professional journalism in Cambodia.

During the whole coverage of border conflict with Thailand, despite no serious harm or damage to the diplomatic relations between the two nations, a few journalists were found less professional and make reports mostly relied on limited sources or one side.

CCJ is the largest and most influential journalists association in Cambodia.

Cambodia and Thai border had conflict in 2008 after Cambodia’s Preah Vihear Temple, located near the border line with Thailand, was listed as the world’s heritage site.

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