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Mech Dara

Cambodia , Class of 2023

Mech Dara

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Mech Dara is a Cambodian journalist whose reporting on increased incidents of human trafficking connected to online scam operations were some of the first in-depth investigative pieces on the subject.

Mr. Dara’s reporting on online scam operations brought international attention and improvements in the Cambodian government’s anti-trafficking response. He previously worked at Voice of Democracy before Cambodian authorities revoked its media license in February 2023.  Mr. Dara has since used social media platforms to continue to share news content, including sharing information about human trafficking and exploitation in Cambodia.  His reporting has appeared in several international news outlets including Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, and Nikkei Asia.

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