Allegations are not ‘reports’

[Sent to the Cambodia Daily on August 5, 2014. Not published.]

I sometimes think if would be a good idea for the Daily to have a regular, official editorial. Then readers might be spared some of the editorialising that occurs within articles, like that by Khy Sovuthy on August 5, which refers to the CPP winning the 2013 election “amid reports of widespread fraud and irregularities”.

In fact, there were few if any such reports. What there were, were allegations, primarily from the losing CNRP.

The CNRP has steadfastly refused to make most of its allegations specific, so it is impossible to check them. Nevertheless, your reporters are of course free to choose to believe them.

But their belief does not convert allegations into “reports” – a word that implies a degree of objectivity and neutrality on the part of the source.

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