Reporting stories others don’t dare to tell

September 9, 2013 —

Bopha Phorn is a reporter for The Cambodia Daily in Cambodia. In April 2012, Phorn narrowly escaped with her life when the vehicle in which she was traveling came under heavy fire. Phorn was investigating claims of illegal logging in a protected area of the Cambodian jungle when gunmen with AK-47s sprayed the car with shots. Phorn’s reporting on land and environmental issues, as well as her stories about criminal activity and human rights abuses, have made her the target of other life-threatening attacks. In an exclusive interview with the IWMF, Phorn talks about her inspiration to become a journalist in Cambodia where women continue to be severely underrepresented in the news media.