28 April 2014

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT) sent a letter to
Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen today requesting he "personally"
ensure "all Cambodian police, military and intelligence resources" are
investigating the unexplained disappearance on February 14 of Dave
Walker, a Canadian journalist and film-maker.



The letter is from "the professional membership" of the FCCT,
FCCT a club that was established in Bangkok,
Thailand, more than 50 years ago.



-- Dominic Faulder, Past President & Chair, FCCT Professional Committee -- signed the letter to Hun Sen.


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(Editors note: H.E. is His Excellency. Samdech is an honorific in Cambodia). Here below is the letter's text:



FCCT Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand



H.E. Samdech Hun Sen

Prime Minister

Phnom Penh

Kingdom of Cambodia



25 February 2014



Dear Samdech Hun Sen,



The professional membership of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of
Thailand is extremely disturbed by the unexplained recent
disappearance in Siem Reap of Dave Walker, a Canadian journalist and
film-maker.



Mr. Walker lived and worked for many years in Thailand. He is well
known in the journalistic community in Southeast Asia and further
afield.



Without wishing to prejudice official investigations, concerns have
been raised that Mr. Walker's disappearance may be connected to
investigative work he was doing on Khmer Rouge remnants.



Another possibility is that Mr. Walker has been abducted for ransom --
a criminal activity that often affects Cambodians and to a lesser
degree foreigners resident in the kingdom.



Although both scenarios remain speculative more than a week after Mr.
Walker's disappearance, neither would reflect well on Cambodia as it
seeks to get beyond the legacy of Khmer Rouge rule in the 1970s,
promote open media practices, develop Siem Reap as a safe tourism
destination and attract foreign investment.



We recognize that as prime minister you have many other matters to
concern you. We would, however, request that you take a few moments to
satisfy yourself personally that all Cambodian police, military and
intelligence resources are being adequately mobilized to take this
investigation forward, and also that every effort has been made to tap
outside assistance that might be helpful in resolving the case.



Thank you for taking the time to read this.



Yours sincerely,



Dominic Faulder

Past President & Chair, FCCT Professional Committee

Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand

Penthouse, Maneeya Center Building,

518/5 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand