Gunnar Bergstrom says sorry

November 19, 2008

Gunnar Bergstrom reported from Khmer Rouge run Cambodia as a young reporter in 1978. He spent fourteen days in Democratic Kampuchea and filed glowing reports. Seven months after he returned to Sweden he retracted what had originally reported. This week, some thirty years later, he’s back in Cambodia to tell the Cambodians he was conned,

“I was at that time a member of a friendship association which was a remnant of the anti-Vietnam/Cambodia War movement in Sweden, which was very strong in the Western world,” Mr Bergstrom told the BBC. “Of course we didn’t want to believe that the liberators had become oppressors.” link story originally picked up via John Vink.