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Ministry requests CamboJA to correct articles related to revocation of three media licenses
The Ministry of Information has demanded that the CamboJA News to correct the content of the article published on March 18, 2023, which eliminates some of the key points of this ministry spokesperson regarding an article on the revocation of three media licenses, while CamboJA ...
Women journo safety project starts
UNESCO and the Women’s Media Centre are promoting media freedom through the project “Strengthening Media Development and Freedom of Expression in Cambodia”, having seen women journalists and media workers face increasing offline and online attacks that make them subject to disproportional, and often specific, threats. ...
The Post justified in response to unsubstantiated reports: pundits
The Phnom Penh Post’s weekend editorial about a recent BBC report that included an interview with former staff Mech Dara has drawn heated reactions from across the board among journalists, civil society organisations and members of the public. ...
VOD to stay shut for ‘serious insults’ to gov’t, Hun Sen says
Prime Minister Hun Sen has reaffirmed his position that online news outlet VOD, which published in both Khmer and English and also produced radio programmes, will never be reopened. ...
Officials dismissive of foreign commentary on VOD closure
Senior officials have brushed off concerns raised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) over the annulment of the licence for online news outlet VOD, saying this would “improve” the professional ethics of the media in Cambodia. ...
Former VOD staff undecided about offer of state employment
In a gesture of goodwill, Prime Minister Hun Sen offered government positions to unemployed Voice of Democracy (VOD) journalists. ...
Prime minister says VOD shutdown strengthens journalism, offers reporters government jobs
Despite a wave of international concern over the shutdown of independent media Voice of Democracy (VOD), Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the outlet’s license will not be restored and offered VOD reporters government jobs instead in a Facebook post Tuesday. ...
Ex-VOD workers offered civil state employment
Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that roles within the state framework will be made available for any former employees of online media outlet VOD who wish to engage in public affairs. ...
Cambodia says shutdown of Western-backed media outlet over slanderous broadcast does not affect press freedom
Cambodia said on Tuesday that the shutdown of the foreign-funded VOD (Voice of Democracy) radio over broadcasting “intentionally slanderous” information does not undermine the vibrant press freedom in the Southeast Asian country. ...
Khmer Times Staff
Cambodian leader orders shutdown of independent media outlet
There were tears at Cambodia’s Voice of Democracy on Monday as journalist Khan Leakhena reacted to the sudden order to close the news website. ...
Grave concerns raised over VOD closure
International embassies and other organisations in Cambodia have raised grave concerns about the government’s snap decision to shutter independent media Voice of Democracy (VOD) after revoking its license. ...
Marissa Carruthers, Chhorn Raksmey
Shutdown of VOD undermines press freedom, embassies and civil society groups warn
After the government shuttered independent media Voice of Democracy (VOD) on Monday, dozens of civil society groups decried the decision and numerous embassies warned the loss of the publication seriously damaged Cambodia’s dwindling press freedom in the run-up to the July national election. ...
Khuon Narim and Jack Brook
Prime Minister Hun Sen shuts down independent media VOD
Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the government will revoke the license for media outlet VOD in a Facebook post Sunday evening, after he previously demanded an apology for an article he claimed was inaccurate. ...
Jack Brook and Chhorn Chansy
Hun Sen revokes VOD licence over ‘slander’
Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the Ministry of Information to revoke the licence of VOD, after the online media outlet failed to apologise for publishing an “intentionally slanderous” article regarding Cambodia’s recent relief assistance to quake-hit Turkiye. ...
Tina calls for land concession database
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dith Tina recommended that the Technical Secretariat on Economic Land Concessions maintain a database of the companies which received economic land concessions. Regular inter-ministerial meetings should be held to deliver updates on the progress of each of the companies. ...
Quality yet to match digital news quantity, claims ministry
Several government institutions are working together to improve the effectiveness of the media, as they understand that access to information is vital to the well-being of the population. ...
Prime minister claims access to information law will be approved after elections
Prime Minister Hun Sen urged the Information Ministry to finalize the long-delayed Law on Access to Information during a Saturday press gala in Phnom Penh. He claimed the draft law would be adopted in the next two years after the July national elections. ...
PM: Info access law maybe by 2024-25 as ‘all inputs’ needed
The draft Law on Access to Information could possibly be passed in 2024 or 2025, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen. The drafting of the law has been underway for several years, with inputs from different stakeholders including NGOs and UNESCO who have been pushing for ...
Ministry aiming for 2023 promulgation of Freedom of Information Act
The Ministry of Information, in response to a number of civil society organisations, said it has been working to accelerate the drafting of the Freedom of Information Act. The ministry said it is optimistic that the law will be promulgated in 2023. ...
NEC rejects reform requests from minor parties, form 1102 access restricted
Minor party leaders say voting irregularities they flagged after last year’s commune election have not been addressed by the National Election Committee, which has ignored most of their suggestions for electoral reform. ...