Cambodian Journalists Alliance Association
Profiles of CamboJA’s Founding Members
Prak Chan Thul started his career as a journalist at Leisure Cambodia in 2002, right after graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in English. After about a year, he won a scholarship to study at Independent Journalism Foundation (IJF) in Phnom Penh and was later hired as a stringer for Spanish news wire EFE before moving on to work for Chinese news agency Xinhua. After a short stint at Xinhua, in 2004 the Siem Reap native joined The Cambodia Daily as a journalist covering courts and general news and as an assignment editor, before leaving to work with Reuters in 2010.
Serving in journalism since 2013, Sun Sokhen began as an intern reporter, freelance reporter, and fixer, before becoming an editor for VOD in 2018. In 2020, he was promoted to editor-in-chief. He majored in in teaching English as a foreign language and obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Institute of Foreign Languages, Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2015. He has participated in many journalism trainings and workshops both locally and internationally.
Kann Vicheika is a freelance journalist covering stories related to politics, human rights, social justices, and social issues. She is currently a trainer for the ‘Newsroom Cambodia’ project of Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) and a trainer for ‘Media and Information Literacy” project of DW Akademie. Vicheika is also a core member of Politikoffee, a group of young enthusiastic and social media-savvy Cambodians who love political, social and economics discussion and debate. She graduated from Royal University of Law and Economics in 2010 with a Bachelor Degree in Law.
Before becoming Executive Director of CamboJA in 2020, Nop Vy was CamboJA’s board director while he was serving as a Media Director at Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM)—the birthplace of CamboJA. Nop Vy has been working as a social worker, reporter, news editor and editor-in-chief since 2001. He holds bachelor’s degree in law and master’s degree in private law from the Royal University of Law and Economy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and an associate degree in journalism from the Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2006.
Sun Narin is a reporter of Voice of America (VOA), where his investigative stories cover politics, elections, social issues, land disputes, garment section, enterprise and the environment. In addition to his work with VOA, he has worked with The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Financial Times, ABC Australia and Al Jazeera. He has been working in the journalism field for almost a decade after graduating with BA in Media Management from the Department of Media and Communication (DMC), and BA in English Literature from Institute of Foreign Languages, Royal University of Phnom Penh, in 2011.
May Titthara served as Executive Director of CamboJA from its inception in September 2019 through mid-2020 before working as a Media Specialist for Internews. With 20 years of experience in journalism, He worked as executive editor of Khmer Times Newspaper, reporter and national news editor for The Phnom Penh Post for 9 years where he won several international media awards for his investigative reporting mainly about illegal loggings by powerful persons and tycoons in Cambodia. He is currently also serving as a part-time journalism lecturer for a private university in the country.
Yon Sineat is from Kampong Cham province. She worked with Labour Right NGO from November 2009 – October 2014 before becoming a freelance translator/ fixer. In June 2017, Sineat joined the Phnom Penh Post where she mainly covered labour rights issues, human trafficking and slavery, and women rights. Sineat quit the Phnom Penh Post after the newspaper was taken over by a PR company in May 2018. She returns to be a freelance journalist, fixer and translator. Her reports appear on several publications such as Ucanews.com, LiCASnew.com, South China Morning Post, Aljazeera, VOA, DW, cambojanews.com, New Narrative and Voice of Democracy.
Khy Sovuthy is a senior reporter at CamboJA News. Vuthy reported for the Cambodia Daily for almost a decade before it was shut down in 2017. He later worked for the Khmer Times newspaper before joining CamboJA in 2019. Vuthy completed various journalism trainings in Cambodia and abroad, including Investigative Reporting by Internews in Cambodia in 2008, Engaging Media for Social Accountability in 2009, and Leadership and Management Skill in Thailand and Singapore in 2014 and 2015 respectively. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Norton University in 2014.
Pring Samrang has been a professional photojournalist for many years. He has worked for Cambodge Soir Newspaper from 2005 until 2008, for the Cambodia Daily from 2008 – 2011 and for Reuters from 2011 until 2020. He has also provided photojournalism training to many young Cambodians.
Chhorn Chansy is currently serving as editor-in-chief for CamboJA News. He started his career in journalism in 2007 with the Cambodia Daily from being an environmental reporter to assignment editor and news editor until the Newspaper was forced to shut down in 2017. He then worked as freelance journalist and assistant to researchers until 2018 before working at Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) as a consultant responsible for coordinating freelance journalists, providing mentorship to interns and managing VOD English website. He was also a trainer for the Newsroom Cambodia project at CCIM, which provides practical journalistic training to potential youths until he was voted by CamboJA’s board of directors to be editor-in-chief of CamboJA News.
Dit Sokthy is a former editor for the Voice of Democracy (VOD) under its parents’ non-profit organization Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM). He has been in the journalism field since 2007, developing from a news translator, a novice reporter, sub-editor, and then editor. He graduated in history from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. More than a decade in the journalism field, he has participated in regional and global trainings and workshops, especially a wide range of orientations in investigative journalism.
Min Pov is a former editor with Voice of Democracy (VOD) of the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM), covering politics, governance, environment, and human rights. He is responsible for the Breaking News section, assigning reporters on daily coverage, editing news and handling national and international news for the VOD website (www.vodhotnews.com). Min Pov received a three-month training in radio journalism by CCIM in 2009 before becoming a radio reporter for VOD. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science from Khemarak University (Cambodia) in 2016.
Kong Meta is working as a freelance journalist, researcher and fixer. She is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Communication and Development Studies at Ohio University in America through Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA). After graduating from Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2013 with a BA degree in Media Management, she engaged in communication work by producing social media contents for state radios under Cambodian Communication Assistance project funded by Australian Broadcasting Corporation International Development (ABC ID). She joined Phnom Penh Post as a reporter in 2016 and resigned from her position in February 2019 after the newspaper was taken over by a PR company.
Before serving at CamboJA as a communications and resource mobilisation coordinator, Cheng Mengchou was a freelance journalist and full-time journalism lecturer at Department of Media and Communication at Royal University of Phnom Penh where she did her BA in Media Management. Previously, she was a news reporter, newscaster, and election coverage coordinator for Radio Free Asia (RFA Khmer service) before its Phnom Penh bureau was forced to shut down in 2017. She was also coordinating RFA Khmer’s coverage during the 2018 general elections while undertaking MA degree in Global Citizenship, Identities, and Human Rights, from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom through Chevening Scholarship Programme.
Chan Muyhong is a freelance communication consultant, reporter, and fixer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in media management from the Department of Media and Communication (DMC) at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (2013) and a master’s degree in culture, media and society awarded by Lancaster University (2016). In brief, she has worked as business reporter for The Phnom Penh Post newspaper (2013-2015), a Young Research Fellow at Future Forum (2017), a correspondent for Japanese news agency NNA under Kyodo news (2017), a project manager for Khmer Rouge Storytelling mobile app Mapping Memories Cambodia (MMC), and a part-time lecturer in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the DMC (2018).