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Ministry set to publish book ahead of 13th ASEM summit

The Ministry of Information is preparing to publish 5,000 copies of Cambodia 2021 ahead of the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), which Cambodia is hosting in the middle of this year, for distribution to delegates and participants. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-set-publish-book-ahead-13th-asem-summit

Journalists barred from filming or recording police investigations

Effective from now, journalists are barred from filming or recording criminal cases that are still under investigation by police.​ The directive was issued on Friday by the General Commissariat of National Police to municipal and provincial police that journalists are prohibited from filming or recording ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50806487/journalists-barred-from-filming-or-recording-police-investigations/

Awards to show gratitude for media work

The Ministry of Information is sponsoring the first annual Gratitude Awards for reporters who have produced exemplary work that demonstrated courage, intellect and insight and advanced the profession of journalism starting in the 1970s. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/awards-show-gratitude-media-work

Police warns of Classiscam cyber threat in Kingdom

The National Police’s Anti-Cyber Crime Department has called on social media users to be wary of messages advertising opportunities to win rewards after observing a recent increase in the proliferation of scams on platforms like Telegram and Facebook. ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-warns-classiscam-cyber-threat-kingdom

More than 1,000 cases of fake, objectionable news identified

In 2020, the Ministry of Information identified sources of objectionable or illegal material on social media including fake news and disinformation, various incitements, unfair criticism of the nation’s leadership and insults to the King totalling 1,343 cases. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/more-1000-cases-fake-objectionable-news-identified

Government alleges misconduct among journalists, greenlights legal action

The Information Ministry threatened legal action against journalists it claimed were spreading fake news or engaging in unethical behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic, a warning that comes amid persistent persecution of journalists in the country. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://cambojanews.com/government-alleges-misconduct-among-journalists-greenlights-legal-action/

Three Kratie journalists charged with extortion in suspicious land clearing case

Three online news journalists from Kratie province were arrested and charged with extortion this week for allegedly demanding money in return for holding back a story about illegal land clearing.​ ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/three-kratie-journalists-charged-with-extortion-in-suspicious-land-clearing-case/

Kampong Chhnang journalist denies inciting villagers against military

The owner of a provincial radio station, Sok Oudom, maintained he had not incited villagers in Kampong Chhnang province against the military during his incitement trial on Tuesday, with a verdict expected on November 17. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/kampong-chhnang-journalist-denies-inciting-villagers-against-military/

‘Professional’ journalists get Covid reporting award

The Club of Cambodian Journalists (CCJ) bestowed awards on five journalists for their Covid-19 reporting at a ceremony on Monday. Sao Sok Eng, a journalist from thmeythmey.com, took home the top prize. Mao Samnang, from the TV station PNN, came in second. Mom Kunthear, a former ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/professional-journalists-get-covid-reporting-award

Cambodia rejects UN rights claim

Cambodia’s Permanent Mission to the UN Office in Geneva on Friday hit back at David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression after he raised concerns over the repression of free speech and ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/cambodia-rejects-un-rights-claim

Information Ministry asks police to take measures against fake news spreaders

Information Ministry yesterday asked national police to take measures against several Facebook accounts which have allegedly accused the Kingdom of contracting COVID-19.​ ...

Khuon Narim
http://khmertimeskh.com/50696894/information-ministry-asks-police-to-take-measures-against-fake-news-spreaders

Ministry trains journos on Covid-19

In a bid to tackle the spread of misinformation, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) will on Friday trained journalists on reporting correctly about Covid-19. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-trains-journos-covid-19

CamboJA pushes for further press law amendments

Some 20 journalists gathered on Tuesday at the Corner of Media Landscape in a meeting organised by the Cambodian Journalists Alliance (CamboJA) and the Cambodia Center for Independent Media (CCIM).​ The journalists held discussions on the challenges faced in the sector, including the difficulty in obtaining ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/camboja-pushes-further-press-law-amendments

Review of information law to be completed by month’s end

The ministries of Information, and Justice, will complete reviewing the penalties section of the draft law on access to information by the end of this month at the latest. Once the section is finalised, it will be submitted to the Council of Ministers early next month ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/review-information-law-be-completed-months-end

Anti-fake news site online

The Women’s Media Centre of Cambodia (WMC) has launched an information verification website named ‘Crosscheck WMC’ to combat the spread of misinformation on social media. It will enable the public to verify information from a number of sources to identify whether the information is true ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/anti-fake-news-site-online

Prime minister demands end to fake news on virus

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday criticised several outlets for spreading misinformation on the novel coronavirus outbreak and instructed the Ministry of Information to do more to eradicate fake news. Speaking at a press conference at the Peace Palace on Thursday, Hun Sen said a ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prime-minister-demands-end-fake-news-virus

PM: Media is gov’t development partner

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday commended three ministers for being open to journalists. Addressing some 6,000 attendees during the 4th media correspondents’ gala at the capital’s Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre, he said Minister of National Defence Tea Banh, Minister of Interior Sar ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-media-govt-development-partner

PM praises media for efforts on ‘fake news

Prime Minister Hun Sen praised journalists and a large number of local press institutions for making efforts to prevent the spread of fake news propagated by “rebels” and opportunists who intended to incite social unrest against the government. Hun Sen’s statement was made through a ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-praises-media-efforts-fake-news

Human rights committee’s legal hotline receives praise

Civil societies on Tuesday applauded the Cambodian Human Rights Committee’s (CHRC) new legal hotline meant to promote access to justice and empower financially vulnerable people.​​ CHRC spokesman Chin Malin told The Post on Thursday that a 35-strong legal team is to be placed on standby ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/human-rights-committees-legal-hotline-receives-praise

Inter-ministry committee clears draft access to information bill

The inter-ministry committee finalised its review of the draft bill on access to information on Friday and plans to submit it to the Council of Ministers in January before it is sent to the National Assembly. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/inter-ministry-committee-clears-draft-access-information-bill

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