Civil and political rights

Freedom of expression

Ministry of Information finalizing protracted access to information draft law

The Ministry of Information is finalizing the long-overdue draft law on the access to information, known as the “A2I draft law”, as highlighted in its work direction for 2024. The draft law is currently being reviewed by the Ministry of Justice, according to documents viewed ...

Seoung Nimol
https://cambojanews.com/ministry-of-information-finalizing-protracted-access-to-information-draft-law/

Pheaktra calls for traditional media return

Minister of Information Neth Pheaktra has reiterated the importance of traditional media, noting that it has an important role to play in a digital context, where true and false information are often mixed together. ...

Van Socheata
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pheaktra-calls-for-traditional-media-return

Official: Ministry pays close attention to freedom of press

Tep Asnarith, spokesperson for the Ministry of Information, has reiterated that freedom of the press does not extend to messages that are political in nature, or contain an agenda. ...

Vong Daravady
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/official-ministry-pays-close-attention-to-freedom-of-press

UNESCO’s digital platform guidelines to fight misinformation

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has developed guidelines for the governance of digital platforms to combat misinformation and hate speech, and promote transparency and freedom of expression. ...

Sangeetha Amarthalingam
https://kiripost.com/stories/unescos-digital-platform-guidelines-to-fight-misinformation

Report records rate of journalist harassment in Cambodia

The Journalism Situation in Cambodia Report reveals there were nine cases of harassment recorded against journalists between July and September, including intimidation in the run-up to the elections. ...

Mao Sreypich
https://kiripost.com/stories/cambodia-report-records-rate-of-journalist-harassment-in-cambodia

Voice of Democracy to resume broadcasting overseas, unaffiliated with CCIM

The government-shuttered media outlet Voice of Democracy (VOD) announced it will resume broadcasting from the United States beginning in October, according to a Tuesday press release posted on the VOD Khmer Facebook page. ...

Khuon Narim and Jack Brook
https://cambojanews.com/voice-of-democracy-to-resume-broadcasting-overseas-unaffiliated-with-ccim/

Imprisoned activist Seng Theary ends ten-day hunger strike

The imprisoned activist Seng Theary ended her 10-day hunger strike on Thursday after losing about 5 kilograms, according to her lawyer Jared Genser, following a June report  from a UN working group that called for her immediate release. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/imprisoned-activist-seng-theary-ends-ten-day-hunger-strike/

Government shuts down misleading websites

The government has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block websites and social media accounts of nine domains representing at least three news outlets, claiming the organisations are spreading misleading information and discrediting the government. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501326261/government-shuts-down-misleading-websites/

Spokesman says closure of 3 more news websites due to dissemination of false information

Meas Sophoan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Information, claimed that the closure of The Cambodia Daily and the Kamnotra website was because they spread false information and have no regulations as a press. ...

Lay Sopheavatey
https://thmeythmey.com/?page=detail&id=128389

Cambodia blocks 17 media websites before vote

 The government blocked access to independent media websites just hours before polling in the country’s controversial national election begins. ...

Erin Handley
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/7/28/cambodia-blocks-17-media-websites-before-vote

Ministry announces expulsion of Facebook representatives from Cambodia and cessation of all company representation activities with Royal Government

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has announced that it has decided to expel Facebook representatives from Cambodia and stop all activities such as company representation, government relations and private sector partnerships in Cambodia. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://shorturl.at/hopJQ

Government remains committed to protecting press freedom

Prime Minister Hun Sen has reaffirmed the Royal Government’s continued commitment to protecting the freedom of expression, freedom of the press in accordance with the country’s Constitution and Press Law. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501284403/government-remains-committed-to-protecting-press-freedom/

Government urged to promote freedom of the press

Cambodia marked the 30th Press Freedom Day with the participation of civil society organizations, diplomats, journalists and Ministry of Information representatives. ...

Yatt Malai and Sim Chansamnang
https://kiripost.com/stories/cambodia-government-urged-to-promote-freedom-of-the-press

Lao delegation on Kingdom visit to discuss mine action

A delegation from Laos visited Cambodia and exchanged experiences on mine action and relevant work experiences on management, information gathering, planning and prioritising mine action in the Kingdom. ...

Post Staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/lao-delegation-kingdom-visit-discuss-mine-action

Ministry demands corrections to ‘abridged, misleading’ quote

The Ministry of Information has demanded that CamboJA News correct the content of its March 18 article which excluded key points made by the ministry’s spokesperson regarding the revocation of three media licences. ...

Neang Sokunthea
https://www.postkhmer.com/national/2023-03-20-1807-248205.html

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. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/women-journo-safety-project-starts

Over 20 VOD ex-employees have applied for government jobs ahead of Feb 28th deadline

More than 20 former employees of shuttered radio station VOD – closed by order of the Prime Minister last week – have now applied for government jobs in ministries and institutions. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501243355/over-20-vod-ex-employees-have-applied-for-government-jobs/

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. ...

Torn Vibol
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501239634/former-vod-staff-undecided-about-offer-of-state-employment/

Government dismisses concerns over VOD radio closure

Both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday dismissed concerns from the international community and foreign embassies over the decision to revoke the licence of the Voice of Democracy (VOD) radio. ...

Torn Vibol
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501238746/government-dismisses-concerns-over-vod-radio-closure/

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
https://kiripost.com/stories/cambodia-grave-concerns-raised-over-vod-closure

‘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

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/

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/

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