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Mekong journalism training workshop tackles fake news

Journalists from Cambodia and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, as well as China, participated in the third Mekong journalism training workshop on the role of media in combatting disinformation and fake news in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) context. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501501051/mekong-journalism-training-workshop-tackles-fake-news/

Phnom Penh Court hears Mother Nature activists’ case on plotting, insulting the king

Phnom Penh Municipal Court heard the case involving 10 environmental activists, including co-founder of Mother Nature Spanish national Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, who were charged for plotting to overthrow the government and insulting the King. ...

Khuon Narim and Ly Rosslan
https://cambojanews.com/phnom-penh-court-hears-mother-nature-activists-case-on-plotting-insulting-the-king/

Render justice on wing star union’s chief, CATU urges Kampong Speu court

About 40 trade union representatives and members of the Cambodian Confederation of Trade Unions (CATU) gathered at Chea Chan’s trial at the Kampong Speu Provincial Court, with banners on Wednesday, demanding his release. ...

Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/render-justice-on-wing-star-unions-chief-catu-urges-kampong-speu-court/

Hun Sen proposes law to punish anyone denying Cambodia’s genocidal past

Senate President Hun Sen proposed drafting a law against people who claim that Cambodia did not experience a genocide and wanted to start a “color revolution”. A political analyst has said the law would further shrink citizens’ freedom of expression in relation to historical events. ...

Khuon Narim and Ly Rosslan
https://cambojanews.com/hun-sen-proposes-law-to-punish-anyone-denying-cambodias-genocidal-past/

Authorities Nab NPP President Sun Chanthy at Phnom Penh Airport upon his return from Japan

On Thursday morning, Phnom Penh authorities arrested Sun Chanthy, leader of the Nation Power Party (NPP), at the Phnom Penh International Airport just as he arrived from Japan. The arrest was witnessed by his party members. ...

Va Sopheanut
https://cambojanews.com/authorities-nab-npp-president-sun-chanthy-at-phnom-penh-airport-upon-his-return-from-japan/

Restore civic, political space and release Kem Sokha, UN member states urge Cambodia

Some United Nations member states called on the Cambodian government to restore civic and political space and the right to freedom of expression, with Cambodian officials responding that civilians are allowed to exercise their right to “public opinion with no limitations”. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/restore-civic-political-space-and-release-kem-sokha-un-member-states-urge-cambodia/

US ambassador talks Cambodia's media landscape, hopes for improvement

In one of his final interviews before departing Cambodia, US Ambassador Patrick Murphy sat down with Kiripost’s Prak Chan Thul to reflect on his legacy and the bilateral relations with the Southeast Asian nation. ...

Prak Chan Thul
https://kiripost.com/stories/us-ambassador-talks-cambodias-media-landscape-hopes-for-improvement

Govt criticises report by some UN experts on human rights in Cambodia

The Permanent Mission of Cambodia to the United Nations (UN) Office and other International Organisations in Geneva have criticised a joint news release by some UN experts, accusing Cambodia of harassment and persecution against human rights defenders. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501475852/govt-criticises-report-by-some-un-experts-on-human-rights-in-cambodia/

Resounding call to release human rights defender Koet Saray charged for incitement in Preah Vihear

About 50 civil society groups and unions called for the release of human rights activist Koet Saray, president of Khmer Student Intelligent League Association (KSILA), who has been placed in pre-trial detention. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/resounding-call-to-release-human-rights-defender-koet-saray-charged-for-incitement-in-preah-vihear/

Commentators have their say on end of The Post’s print publication

Following the announcement that The Phnom Penh Post, and Post Khmer, its Khmer language sister paper, will cease publication in print form on March 29, several social observers, government officials, intellectuals and readers were prompted to share their thoughts at the end of more than ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/commentators-have-their-say-on-end-of-the-post-s-print-publication

CSOs continue to press authorities to allow banned STT photo exhibition to resume

Some 62 civil society organizations (CSOs) including Licadho, Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), and local communities have urged the authorities to allow Sahmakum Teang Tnaut’s (STT) photo exhibition to resume after it was shut down two weeks ago. ...

Phon Sothyroth
https://cambojanews.com/csos-continue-to-press-authorities-to-allow-banned-stt-photo-exhibition-to-resume/

HRW: rights of Indigenous Chong residents violated in Southern Cardamom carbon offset project

A new report alleges that conservation NGO Wildlife Alliance forcibly evicted, arrested and mistreated members of the Indigenous Chong community who live in the Cardamom Mountain National Park in the name of a carbon offset scheme. ...

Leila Goldstein and Soeung Nimol
https://cambojanews.com/hrw-rights-of-indigenous-chong-residents-violated-in-southern-cardamom-carbon-offset-project/

Low revenue forces Cambodia’s oldest newspaper ‘Phnom Penh Post’ to end print publication by March 29

The Phnom Penh Post will cease publication by March 29 following a significant fall in advertising revenues since the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn, although the paper will continue operating online. ...

Khuon Narim and Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/low-revenue-forces-cambodias-oldest-newspaper-phnom-penh-post-to-close-march-29-final-print/

The 38th meeting of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) held its 38th Meeting chaired by Yong Chanthalangsy, representative of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Chairman of AICHA 2024 on 20-23 February 2024 in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501445333/the-38th-meeting-of-the-asean-intergovernmental-commission-on-human-rights-aichr/

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

‘We are dying to live in our homeland’: Siem Reap villagers protest against Apsara

On Monday hundreds of families living inside the Angkor archaeological park protested against the Apsara National Authority, which manages the park, for barring them from doing construction and other activities that support their livelihoods. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/we-are-dying-to-live-in-our-homeland-siem-reap-villagers-protest-against-apsara/

Jan 30 fixed for Kem Sokha’s appeal as civil societies hope for political space restoration

 The Court of Appeal will hear former opposition leader Kem Sokha’s appeal against his treason conviction this January 30, as civil societies call on the new government to restore the political situation and human rights in the country. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/jan-30-fixed-for-kem-sokhas-appeal-as-civil-societies-hope-for-political-space-restoration/

Seven Cambodian refugees nabbed by Thai police await UNHCR help

Thai authorities arrested 10 Cambodian refugees while attending the Paris Peace Agreement course in Bangkok on December 29, with seven of them being held at Suan Plu Immigration Detention Center while awaiting intervention by the UNHCR. ...

Pok Ponlue and Seoung Nimol
https://cambojanews.com/seven-cambodian-refugees-nabbed-by-thai-police-await-unhcr-help/

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

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