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Cambodian journalist portrayed in "Killing Fields"

Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Dith Pran, the celebrated Cambodian journalist whose harrowing escape from his native country was portrayed in the movie"The Killing Fields," will be available to meet with the media from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Jones Commons (third floor) located in the Lindquist Center at the University of Iowa.

Pran and New York Times correspondent Sydney Schanberg reported on the civil war in Cambodia from 1972 to 1975. Pran, Schanberg and two other journalists were captured after the war and were sentenced to death. Schanberg and the other journalists were freed by Pran's convincing of communist Khmer Rouge officials; Pran was held a prisoner until his escape to Thailand in 1979.

Pran is on campus Oct. 27-28 as part of "Global Focus: Human Rights '98, the UI's year-long commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed 50 years ago.

Pran will present a lecture, "The Killing Fields of Southeast Asia," at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Buchanan Auditorium of the Pappajohn College of Business Administration. The lecture is free and open to the public.

He will also give a presentation to nearly 100 high school and middle school students at UI International Day Oct. 28. The program begins at 9 a.m. in the R. Wayne Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

For more information, contact Krishna Das at the Office of International Education, College of Education at (319) 335-6289.