During a personal trip to Southeast Asia, BBG Governor Victor Ashe stopped by the Radio Free Asia office in Phnom Penh to check on operations and offer support to the staff and journalists there.
“We salute you, and we recognize and appreciate the risks you take every day to bring news to the people of Cambodia,” said Ashe, who serves as the vice chairman of the board of RFA.
Reporters from both RFA and the Voice of America have felt increasing pressure and intimidation in Cambodia. Freedom House recently listed Cambodia as “Not Free” in its 2013 Freedom of the Press Report.
While in the region, Governor Ashe also visited the VOA offices in Bangkok, Thailand, where he met with IBB Regional Marketing Officer Birgit Berg and VOA Editor Barry Newhouse.