6. "CAMBODIA AND VIETNAM"
Execution, starvation, cannibalism, torturing, disease, malnutrition
are only a few violations of human rights being made by the Khmer Rouge
in Cambodia and parts of Vietnam. A few journalists who have conducted
interviews with refugees believe that out of a population of seven million,
1.2 million have died in the last two years alone. In addition, a Catholic
missionary, Andre Gelinas, told of "15,000 to 20,000 suicides."
Reports also indicate that the Khmer Rouge are treating the people
like slaves and imposing exacting rules. Failure to observe these rules
leads to immediate execution. Anyone who dares to complain is punished.
Rule breaking and complaining apply to such "crimes" as asking
for more food, falling in exhaustion, and not meeting Khmer Rouge's
These so-called "transgressors" are usually clubbed to death
with objects such as pick handles. And when a starving worker is caught
cannibalizing, he is tortured to death. Such tortures included being
buried in the ground up to the shoulders and being beaten to death --
or impaling their heads onto pointed stakes.
In January, conferences on the subject were held, to which all three
major networks were invited by the American Security Council; not one
sent a correspondent. Coverage that does exist is sparse and difficult
to find. This may be the most important human rights story of the decade.
It is a stark cruel story of mass slaughter which has been ignored by
the mass media, and therefore qualifies for a nomination as one of the
"ten best censored stories of 1977."
SOURCES: National Review, "The Nation as a Concentration Camp,"
September 2, 1977, p: 988.
Newsweek, "A New Indochina War," January 16, 1978, p. 47,
by Kenneth Labich, with Holger Jansen in Bangkok, Lars-Erik Nelson in
Washington, and bureau reports.
The Progressive, "Vietnam: A New Numbers Game," by Robert
September, 1977, p. 32.
National Review, "The New Vietnam," April 29, 1977, p. 487.
T.V. Guide, "Why Do Networks Play Down News From Cambodia?,"
by Patrick Buchanan, March 18-24, 1978.