Civil and political rights

Freedom of expression

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

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/

Women from 6 poor communities in Phnom Penh face online restrictions: report

The August report from Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) was released yesterday and revealed that social media rights for women in six poor communities in Phnom Penh were restricted by threats and intimidation from local authorities after they shared information on the challenges they face in ...

Torn Vibol
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501146254/women-from-6-poor-communities-in-phnom-penh-face-online-restrictions-report/

Hundreds from bodyguard unit take over Phnom Tamao reforestation efforts

The military personnel — primarily in charge of protecting the Cambodian prime minister — were seen to be managing the outflow of trees being transported by workers but also blocking access to the cleared forest. They detained five VOD journalists and four activists in the ...

Keat Soriththeavy, Danielle Keeton-Olsen and Pa Sokheng
https://vodenglish.news/hundreds-from-bodyguard-unit-take-over-phnom-tamao-reforestation-efforts/

UN agency warns of Cambodian threats to journalists

Journalists in Cambodia are facing increasing threats and being prevented from doing their jobs amid growing restrictions on press freedom and civic and political rights, the U.N human rights office there said this week. The U.N. agency’s report, issued August 3, describes press freedom in ...

Lisa Schlein
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/un-agency-warns-of-cambodian-threats-to-journalists-/6689900.html

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/

Cambodia reiterates commitment to uphold press freedom

The Ministry of Information has extended its congratulations and reaffirmed its commitment to continue to uphold the press freedom in Cambodia.   ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501066434/cambodia-reiterates-commitment-to-uphold-press-freedom/

Nine union activists arrested for ongoing NagaWorld protests

Phnom Penh municipal police arrested nine people on December 31 for holding an unauthorised demonstration in front of the local integrated resort NagaWorld which they said affected security, public order and social safety. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/nine-union-activists-arrested-ongoing-nagaworld-protests

Journalists in Cambodia have improved in truth and accuracy

With journalists in Cambodia adhering to the ethical provisions of their profession and improving day by day in their responsibilities and duties in ensuring accuracy in their work, there is no impunity for crimes against them. ...

Mao Chanvireak
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50963742/journalists-in-cambodia-have-improved-in-truth-and-accuracy/

Spokesperson rejects UN Special Rapporteur’s Cambodia press freedom report

Meas Sophorn, Under Secretary of State and Spokesperson at the Ministry of Information, has turned down a report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the press freedom in Cambodia. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50959974/spokesperson-rejects-un-special-rapporteurs-cambodia-press-freedom-report/

525 fake news found in first quarter of this year

A total of 525 fake news were recorded in the first quarter of this year with 215 of them about the King and political leaders. ...

Sar Socheath
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50857692/525-fake-news-found-in-first-quarter-of-this-year/

Media in Cambodia thriving despite challenges

Press freedom in Cambodia is steadily declining and is ranked 144 in the world,  the director of Cambodia Journalist Alliance (CamboJA), Nop Vy said. ...

Chhun Sunly
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50850693/media-in-cambodia-thriving-despite-challenges/

Group to launch virtual press freedom campaign

The Working Group for Press Freedom has co-organised a two-week campaign with the theme “Information as a Public Good” on social media to promote and highlight the importance of the freedom of the press and urge the public’s participation. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/group-launch-virtual-press-freedom-campaign

Journalist union urges end to fake news dissemination

The Union of Journalist Federations of Cambodia (UJFC) has called on journalists and social media users to put greater focus on moral and ethical considerations when disseminating information in order to avoid spreading fake news. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/journalist-union-urges-end-fake-news-dissemination

CSOs urge government to drop internet gateway sub-decree

A joint statement signed by 63 Cambodian civil society organisations (CSOs) released Friday requested the government immediately repeal the recent sub-decree on the Establishment of a National Internet Gateway, citing the potential for restrictions on internet users’ freedoms and privacy.   ...

Brian Badzmierowski
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50816453/csos-urge-government-to-drop-internet-gateway-sub-decree/

‘Incitement’ law in the digital age: Rong Chhun’s case continues

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday continued the trial for union chief Rong Chhun and two of his supporters who were charged with “incitement” in connection with a statement he made claiming Cambodia had ceded land to Vietnam along their shared border in Tboung Khmum ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50810401/incitement-law-in-the-digital-age-rong-chhuns-case-continues/

Mother Nature activists’ last chance for bail

The Supreme Court yesterday heard the bail applications of three environmental activists  who were charged with “incitement” for criticising Phnom Penh authorities on Facebook last year. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50809525/mother-nature-activists-last-chance-for-bail/

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