Sunday, June 4, 2017
Cambodia’s Buddhist Monks Find a Second Calling: Political Correspondent
In her article, Julia Wallace describes how monks in Cambodia have taken to politics. Monks, such as the Venerable Luon Sovath, are using smartphones to discuss with people about their political views about the elections that had occurred. Luon Sovath is the most prominent member of a group of monks who have become citizen journalists, monitoring political events and human rights conditions in Cambodia on social media. Meas Nee, a political researcher in Cambodia, stated that in rural areas of the country, there was an increase in villagers’ willingness to chat about politics in public.