Silence, Subterfuge And Surveillance Phnom-Penh opens its doors ever so slightly: Pompeii without the ashes

January 1979
Time;1/8/1979, Vol. 113 Issue 2, p30
The article focuses on the two-week visit of three news correspondents in Cambodia such as American reporters Elizabeth Becker and Richard Dudman and British scholar Malcolm Caldwell, who was murdered by antigovernment guerrillas. It says that their visit came after the Cambodian authorities have finally permitted Western news reporters to enter the country since it succumbed to the Communist Khmer Rouge in April 1975. It states that they were unable to discover information as to what happened to the upper- and middle-class city inhabitants after the communist takeover, as well as on the claims that two million Cambodians have been put to death since 1975. Moreover, Cambodian Foreign Ministry Secretary-General So Hong hopes that they will improve their image in opening up to the world.


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