Civil and political rights

Access to information

Hun Manet says press freedom is alive and well in Cambodia

The likely prime ministerial successor Hun Manet has downplayed worsening restrictions on press freedoms, as civil society groups continue to warn of a deteriorating space for civil rights. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/hun-manet-says-press-freedom-is-alive-and-well-in-cambodia/

Hun Manet says power has to be respected, not feared

News media is considered the “fourth power”, but this power has to be respected, not to be feared, in order to ensure its sustainability. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501068971/hun-manet-says-power-has-to-be-respected-not-feared/

PM Hun Sen acknowledged challenges of the media and encouraged them to keep up

Cambodia Prime Minister acknowledged challenges faced by journalists and media agencies, reaffirmed the government support for the sector, and urged continuous capacity building among them. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501068985/pm-hun-sen-acknowledged-challenges-of-the-media-and-encouraged-them-to-keep-up/

Information ministry plans media terminology ‘E-book’

The Ministry of Information is to establish an “E-Book” to register more than 200 new terminologies related to media and news, all of which have been approved by the National Council for Khmer Language at the Royal Academy of Cambodia.   ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/information-ministry-plans-media-terminology-e-book

Ministry urges on-the-job skill training for journalists

A senior Ministry of Information official urged journalists to take advantage of the information age by continuing to study and improve their skills. In depth, up-to-date knowledge is required to provide comprehensive information to the public, he said. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-urges-job-skill-training-journalists

Veteran journalists honoured

Fourteen journalists from five different periodicals have been selected to receive “Inspirational Journalism Awards” for their contributions to the promotion of journalism in the Kingdom. The award ceremony is scheduled for March 24. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/veteran-journalists-honoured

PM lauds fight against fake news on World Radio Day

Radio broadcasting institutions have been crucial in the fight against fake news on social media in Cambodia, said Prime Minister Hun Sen in a message to mark World Radio Day. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-lauds-fight-against-fake-news-world-radio-day

Gov’t, CSOs discuss digital rights, internet freedoms

Civil society organisations (CSOs) and experts held a discussion on the challenges and development of digital rights and internet freedom in Cambodia. They urged that these rights and freedom continue to be available. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-csos-discuss-digital-rights-internet-freedoms

AKP highlights active role of media in COVID-19 response

Cambodia’s state-owned news agency, Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP), has emphasised the key and active role of media in this unprecedented health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50975587/akp-highlights-active-role-of-media-in-covid-19-response/

Cambodia and Singapore agree to build Cybersecurity Capacity

Minister of Post and Telecommunications Chea Vandeth met virtually with Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information of the Republic of Singapore Josephine Teo on Thursday to discuss strengthening the cybersecurity capacity of the two nations. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50948507/cambodia-and-singapore-agree-to-build-cybersecurity-capacity/

Info access draft law all set for final review

Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith said access to knowledge is indispensable in a democratic society and expressed hope that people will soon be able to have more confidence when choosing their leaders once the new draft law on information access is passed.​​ ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/info-access-draft-law-all-set-final-review

Access to information law set to be approved this year, ministry pledges

The Ministry of Information has pledged to conclude consultations with the Ministry of Justice on the draft law on access to information soon. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/access-information-law-set-be-approved-year-ministry-pledges

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/

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