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Ministry of Information

IFJ seeks Press Law amendment

The International Federation of Journalists has urged the government to speedily amend the Press Law and bring it in line with current global press standards to ensure the protection of journalists. The appeal came after the Information Ministry last week announced that it is open to ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50656430/ifj-seeks-press-law-amendment/

Ministry seeks input for amendments to Press Law

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith yesterday called on the media and relevant institutions to provide input on proposed amendments of the Press Law so that it can respond to recent developments in journalism and better promote freedom of the press in the Kingdom. Speaking at the Consultation ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50654406/ministry-seeks-input-for-amendments-to-press-law/

UJFC calls for joint evaluation of press freedom

The Union of Journalist Federations of Cambodia has urged local unions and media associations to collaborate and conduct a joint evaluation of the Kingdom’s media freedom. UJFC president Huy Vannak, who was re-elected to his position during its congress on Saturday, said all local unions and ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50650537/ujfc-calls-for-joint-evaluation-of-press-freedom/

Information access law in line with standards: Minister

The Information Ministry yesterday announced that the draft Law on Access to Information is ready to be reviewed during an unspecified inter-ministerial meeting next month after it deemed that the draft’s contents are in line with international standards and the constitution. It also said the draft ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50649227/information-access-law-in-line-with-standards-minister/

Information access law to be finalised next month

The Ministry of Information on Tuesday concluded the final revision by key ministries of the draft Law on Access to Information, without making any major amendments. It will be submitted to the Council of Ministers to be rubber-stamped by the end of September or beginning ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/information-access-law-be-finalised-next-month

‘Media crucial in fight against trafficking’

The Ministry of Information and the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT) joined hands to strengthen the capacity of journalists, TV presenters and commentators to upgrade their skills in helping to address human trafficking. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/media-crucial-fight-against-trafficking

Ministry to revoke licences of media over fake news

The Information Ministry yesterday warned that it would revoke the licences of print and online media outlets which distribute fake news that endanger national security. Phos Sovann, director-general of General Department of Information and Broadcasting, said in a Facebook video post that the ministry will strictly ...

Ly Livsier
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50632885/ministry-to-revoke-licences-of-media-over-fake-news/

Gov’t reviews access to information law draft

A fifth iter-ministerial meeting was held on Wednesday to continue reviewing and discussing the first draft of the Access to Information Law, even as civil society called on the ministries to accelerate its discussions.​ Following the meeting, which was led by the Ministry of Information, ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-reviews-access-information-law-draft

‘Fake news’ on agenda at summit in Siem Reap

The fight against fake news in the digital era will be on the agenda as Cambodia hosts the 16th Asia Media Summit 2019 attended by some 500 participants from more than 40 countries around the world in Siem Reap province. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fake-news-agenda-summit-siem-reap

Gov’t to amend Press Law to be ‘in line with current reality’

The Ministry of Information is preparing with relevant ministries’ and institutions’ amendments to the Press Law to bring it in line with current reality, while UN human rights monitor for Cambodia Rhona Smith has expressed concerns over press freedom in Cambodia. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-amend-press-law-be-line-current-reality

Access to Information draft law ready

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith yesterday confirmed that the draft law on Access to Information has been inserted into the 6th mandate of the government’s strategic plan. In an announcement dated yesterday that addressed public and civil society groups’ requests, Mr Kanharith said the ministry had ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50577422/access-to-information-draft-law-ready/

NGOs call for speedy passage of information freedom law

A group of 19 non-governmental organisations and associations have urged the Kingdom’s legislative and executive bodies to expedite the passage of a draft law on freedom of information, which the group said had been delayed for years. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngos-call-speedy-passage-information-freedom-law

Government calls for PM ‘fake news’ correction

The Cambodian government on Friday strongly urged Singaporean outlet Channel News Asia (CNA) to issue a correction to an article it published on Thursday, claiming Prime Minister Hun Sen had called on the military to destroy the country’s political opponents. The statement, issued by the ...

Mech Dara and Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-calls-pm-fake-news-correction

‘All media outlets must pay tax’

Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith on Friday said Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA) would be allowed to reopen their offices only after fulfilling their tax obligations. In a letter dated January 25 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/all-media-outlets-must-pay-tax

Three ministries watch internet from today to prevent ‘social chaos’

Three ministries have jointly warned the public that as of Thursday, they will act against social media users and websites found spreading “fake news disturbing social security and causing chaos, confusion and a loss of trust in the upcoming [July 29 national] elections”. Fake news ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/three-ministries-watch-internet-today-prevent-social-chaos

Information Ministry claims press freedom supporters are ‘killing’ democracy

Cambodia’s Ministry of Information has chalked up 2017 as a “huge success for the government”, saying supporters of jailed journalists were “killing” democracy and the closure of multiple media outlets was necessary. ...

Mech Dara and Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/information-ministry-claims-press-freedom-supporters-are-killing-democracy

Cambodian media under threat: report

Media outlets in Cambodia have came under increasing threat over the past year, according to a new report by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), though the Ministry of Information, responding to a similar recent report, has insisted freedom of expression and the press is ...

Leonie Kijewski and Rinith Taing
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodian-media-under-threat-report

Banteay Meanchey gets free TV

The tower in the provincial capital of Sisophon will provide – for the first time in the province – free national public programming such as local and national news broadcasts, according to Sek Sokhum, the province’s information department director. Previously, those hoping to watch TV ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/banteay-meanchey-gets-free-tv

Draft of long-awaited access-to-information law unveiled

A proposed access-to-information law more than a decade in the making was unveiled to the public yesterday, with just one item left to finalise – punishments for officials who refuse to disclose public information. ...

Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/draft-long-awaited-access-information-law-unveiled

Hun Sen chides Cambodia Daily, lauds Trump

Prime Minister Hun Sen met with members of the press yesterday, not shying away from classifying some journalists and media outlets as extortionists and tax evaders, while applauding United States President Donald Trump’s efforts to go after so-called fake news.​ ...

Ben Sokhean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/hun-sen-chides-cambodia-daily-lauds-trump

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