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CPP sets out five primary strategic goals for 2023-28

The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on January 29 concluded its two-day extraordinary congress, setting the party’s priority goals for 2023-2028. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cpp-sets-out-five-primary-strategic-goals-2023-28

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.​ ...

Sem Pisey
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/quality-yet-match-digital-news-quantity-claims-ministry

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.  ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/prime-minister-claims-access-to-information-law-will-be-approved-after-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 ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-info-access-law-maybe-2024-25-all-inputs-needed

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. ...

Post Staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-aiming-2023-promulgation-freedom-information-act

‘Provocative’ music video taken down by CSOs

A controversial video, which features a “provocative” song and graphic footage of a violent clash between protesting garment workers and authorities nine years back, has been removed from the official websites and social media pages of four civil society organisations (CSOs). ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/provocative-music-video-taken-down-csos

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. ...

Ouch Sony
https://vodenglish.news/nec-rejects-reform-requests-from-minor-parties-form-1102-access-restricted/

Appeal court upholds Son Chhay defamation ruling, ups damages owed to CPP to $1 million

The Appeal Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling finding  Candlelight Party vice president, Son Chhay, guilty of defamation against the Cambodian People’s Party and ordered him to pay  4 billion riel ($1 million) in damages — an increase by a third of what ...

Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/appeal-court-upholds-son-chhay-defamation-ruling-ups-damages-owed-to-cpp-to-1-million/

Southeast Asia journalist organizations launch regional collaboration

Six Southeast Asian journalist organizations from five countries formed a regional partnership to combat increasing repression and deteriorating press freedom at a conference in Phnom Penh on Monday.  ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/southeast-asia-journalist-organizations-launch-regional-collaboration/

Young indigenous women live in the society that lack of information

Young indigenous women and people working to support the development of indigenous women found that young indigenous women live in a situation where information is lacking due to social perspective and public service. ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.postkhmer.com/national/2022-12-06-1756-244406.html

Ahead of 2023 elections, press freedom continues to lag, CCHR says

Cambodia’s levels of freedom of expression, press and access to information remain low, and the work environment for journalists and human rights defenders is “increasingly dangerous,” the Cambodian Center for Human Rights said in a report released Thursday. ...

Phon Sotthyroth
https://cambojanews.com/ahead-of-2023-elections-press-freedom-continues-to-lag-cchr-says/

Media literacy becoming important, say NGOs and ministries

Media literacy refers to the ability to think objectively about the information a person comes into contact with through general media and, increasingly, social media. It is a common goal of the government and civil society organisations to bring this knowledge to the Cambodian people, ...

Keo Bosaba
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/media-literacy-becoming-important-say-ngos-and-ministries

Ministry refutes impunity claims by journo coalition

The Ministry of Information has disputed a joint statement on impunity for crimes against journalists issued by the Coalition of Cambodian Journalists (CamboJA), Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM) and 32 other civil society organisations (CSOs). ...

Samban Chandara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-refutes-impunity-claims-journo-coalition

Meta Cambodia launches Digital Economy Portal

A new website dedicated to serving readers’ cravings for the essential progress of Cambodia’s digital economy has been officially launched by Meta (formerly Facebook) and Open Development Cambodia (ODC). ...

Bun Tharum
https://kiripost.com/stories/meta-cambodia-launches-digital-economy-portal

CPP welcomes 2,000 new members ahead of 2023 nat’l election

A Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) official said at least 2,000 people from Candlelight (CP), currently the country’s second-largest party, have joined the ruling CPP, just days after the latter was warned of supposed links to former opposition leader Sam Rainsy. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cpp-welcomes-2000-new-members-ahead-2023-natl-election

Minister reaffirms government’s commitment to promote press freedom

Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith said the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) is always committed to improving the respect of press freedom and freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501176536/minister-reaffirms-governments-commitment-to-promote-press-freedom/

Pandemic pushes public mistrust in the media

The pandemic has thrown additional hurdles to the media landscape as there is a quiet resignation of consuming news in the region, the head of a research centre said on Thursday, claiming people find news troublesome, problematic, and biased. ...

Prak Chan Thul
https://kiripost.com/stories/pandemic-pushes-public-mistrust-in-the-media

Opportunity of AI and E-governance to advance the right to access information discussed

Cambodian experts, academia, government, civil society, private sector and youth discussed how AI and e-Government interact with the right to Access Information, in a recent seminar organised by UNECO and the Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology (CADT). ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501170980/opportunity-of-ai-and-e-governance-to-advance-the-right-to-access-information-discussed/

AI and e-governance key to access information in digital world

UNESCO and Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology (CADT) are slated to hold talks on Access to Information 2022 on Friday, when panelists will discuss Artificial Intelligence (AI) and e-Governance, which they say can play an important role in improving access to information in the digital ...

Prak Chan Thul
https://kiripost.com/stories/ai-and-e-governance-key-to-access-information-in-digital-world

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