Taing Try

13 October 2014

The 49-year-old freelance journalist for a local newspaper was killed in the northeastern province of Mondulkiri while covering a story on timber smuggling from Cambodia into Vietnam. Try was with seven other journalists when they came upon several ox carts loaded with timber and led by an alleged timber trader, who is reported to be a police officer named Heing. After the journalist’s car became stuck in mud on the dirt road, a confrontation with the timber trader ensued. While the other journalists fled the scene, Heing is alleged to have shot Try in the head. His body was later found at around 1.20 am next to his vehicle. A few meters away, the vehicle of the assailant was found overturned in a ditch.