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King N. Sihanouk Funeral, Last Days 8
February 4, 2013
by John Vink
Lots of expectations for everyone at tonight's cremation ceremony for the late King Norodom Sihanouk (see here and here): smoke, no smoke? White smoke, black smoke? What we mostly had was a lot of security guards. Clearly the media savvy 'Papa Sihanouk' is gone and we have now entered another era with less space for freedom of the press (taking into account of course the legitimate issue of a loss within a family). And when I say 'we' I say the press microcosm. The Cambodian public altogether was left looking at TV screens and hanging at police guarded gates as it was not allowed to approach the 'Veal Meru' or even the Royal Palace within hundreds of meters. So what do we, the press, have to complain about? Really?

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