Receive email alerts Alternative media Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of three Cambodian journalists-cum-environmental activists who were arrested nearly a month ago in connection with their coverage of the partial destruction of a lake in a suburb of the capital, Phnom Penh. Mother Nature Cambodia emerged as an alternative media outlet combining journalism and activism in 2012, when it published the findings of its investigation into the large-scale logging of rare woods by the state and by powerful businessmen linked to the regime’s leadership – a business worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Organisation Cambodia is ranked 144th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Their crime was investigating the decision to fill in part of Lake Boeung Tamok. In a video that has since been rendered inaccessible, Mother Nature Cambodia reported that the defence ministry is going to fill in 300 hectares of the lake in order to build a military base, with disastrous consequences for the environment. to go further Two members of Mother Nature Cambodia, Dem Kundy and Hun Vannak, were already arrested on the same charge of inciting crime in September 2017, when they were doing a report on illegal trafficking in sand and were caught filming barges delivering vast amounts of newly extracted sand to an international cargo ship. To mark “Earth Overshoot Day” on 22 August, RSF published alarming statistics about journalists who cover environmental stories. At least ten have been killed worldwide in the past five years, while more than 50 press freedom violations linked to environment journalism have been tallied during the same period. Thon Ratha (left), Long Kunthea (center) and Phuon Keorasmey (photos: MNC). News News Follow the news on Cambodia “In a country like Cambodia, where the government has applied itself to eliminating all independent media in the past three years, organizations such as Mother Nature Cambodia are now taking on the role of providing freely-reported and reliable information,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The arrest of three of its investigators is the latest step in the Hun Sen administration’s progression from bad to worse, towards a society with totalitarian overtones. They must be freed at once.” News Help by sharing this information Google experiments drop Australian media from search results RSF_en News January 21, 2021 Find out more RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” February 24, 2021 Find out more Long Kunthea, Phuon Keoreaksmey and Thon Ratha, who work for the environmental website Mother Nature Cambodia, were arrested on 3 September and were placed in pre-trial detention three days later on a charge of “incitement to commit a felony or cause social unrest.” CambodiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses EnvironmentCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassment September 30, 2020 Three Mother Nature Cambodia reporters arrested for “inciting crime” CambodiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses EnvironmentCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassment Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream December 28, 2020 Find out more
Delbert D. Knudson, 77, of Holton passed away at 3am, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at his home. He was born at Bell, California on November 2, 1940 the son of Harlon and Mary Evelyn Pelsor Knudson. He was married to Arlene Rathburn on September 18, 1970 and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters Sharon (Anthony) Miller of Versailles, and Lea Turner of Milan; three grandchildren Cody and Coleman Turner, and Alexandria Miller; two brothers Jerome (Harriet) Knudson of Dayton, Ohio and Norman (Pina) Knudson of Holton; one sister Daphne (Rex) Heiny of Pekin. He was preceded in death by his parents, his nephew Joe Knudson, and his sister Elaine McCarthy. Mr. Knudson was a 1958 graduate of Holton High School and served from 1967 to 1969 in the US Army at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia with the Military Police. Delbert was an Indiana Conservation Officer where he served in Union, Decatur, and Ripley Counties, retiring in 1997. In 1950, at the age of ten, he became an Indian artifact collector, a hobby he enjoyed throughout his life. This November his lifetime collection will be donated to and on display at the Eagle Creek State Museum in Indianapolis. In retirement years he and Arlene were known throughout the community for their truck farm. They began their business selling at farmers markets in Cincinnati and later expanded to Columbus, Greensburg, Indianapolis, and Osgood. Delbert was a member of the Holton Christian Church and also the NRA. Funeral services for Delbert will be held at 11am, Friday, September 28th at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Bob McCreary officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.