Update 4/22: VICE has issued written apologies to several community members.
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UPDATE 4/22: VICE has issued written apologies to several community members. We appreciate their acknowledgement of the wrongs committed and the hurt it inflicted on Cambodians throughout the world. To date, however, we have not received any further correspondence or apology from Mr. Matt Loughrey. Thus, the petitions remain active.
Update: VICE has removed the article. However, there has been no apology from either VICE or Mr. Loughrey. There is another petition now being circulated demanding that apology here. Thank you for coming together as a community to fight for justice.
Original campaign text: VICE News recently ran an article on photos from the S21 Tuol Sleng prison that were recently colourized and re-digitized by Matt Loughrey to add in happy facial expressions. As stated by the National Cambodian Heritage and Killing Fields Museum, "This was done without the consent of family members who lost loved ones in the prison, [or of] other Cambodian community organizations who are involved in this work. The Tuol Sleng / S21 prison camps imprisoned thousands of Cambodian civilians including children and elders who were subjected to torture, hunger, pain, and to their eventual violent deaths [. . .] In 1979, four years after the prison was opened at the start of the Khmer Rouge regime, only 7 prisoners survived out of the many thousands who were [imprisoned there]."
We reject Mr Loughrey's attempt to profit and benefit from the traumas of our history.
"Minimizing the pain and trauma of our community by those who are not connected to the experience is not only revising and erasing history, it is a violent act. Our community is still processing these traumas. Our community is still healing. Our community is still telling their stories. Please listen to them, and most importantly, honor them."
VICE, take this article down. Mr. Loughrey, please stop using photos of Cambodian genocide victims for your experimentation and entertainment. We demand an apology.
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