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First name:  Chan

Last name:  Nuon

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Editor
  • Media outlet:  Samleng Yu Vachun Khmer
  • Type of media:  print media
  • Born:  Cambodia

  • Died:  7 Sept 1994 Cambodia
  • War zone:  no
  • Targeted? yes
  • Impunity: partial


Shot in the back by two motorcycle gunmen in the centre of Phnom Penh. Two suspects, arrested two weeks later, said they were paid $3,000 to kill him but would not say by who.

  • Cambodia - 1990s
  • Government was authoritarian in the 1990s and freedom of expression not guaranteed. The United Nations sent a force to Cambodia in 1993 to help restore political order but it had little effect. Media laws were harsh, supposedly to protect "political stability."

  • Warned after several articles appeared in the paper and he feared for his life.
    Becomes editor of youth paper Samleng Yu Vachun Khmer, close to the minister of finance.
    Edited several Khmer-language papers.
    Leaves Cambodian People’s Party.
    Former army officer.


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