Public Service Announcements

In 2005, HeritageWatch started running regular public service announcements on radio and television stations throughout Cambodia. Additional advertisements are being published in the Khmer language press (see English translation to the left). These announcements encourage Cambodians to take pride in their heritage and stress that it is being lost due to the antiquities trade. These advertisements also publicize the “Heritage Hotline,” a number for the public to report looting or archaeological discoveries.

HeritageWatch in turn contacts the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. The Heritage Hotline was launched in August of 2005 and quickly demonstrated its potential. Days after it was first advertised, a villager reported the discovery of a pre-Angkorian statue in Kompong Speu province. Several other finds have been called in since, from all over the country, and hopefully these announcements will make more villagers realize the importance of reporting and documenting archaeological discoveries. Most importantly, Cambodians are using the hotline to report imminent incidents of looting.
 
"The looting of prehistoric sites across Cambodia has reached epic proportions..."

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