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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

Cambodian UN Ambassador refutes human rights allegations

Cambodia’s Representative of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva on Monday refuted claims made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that civic space is shrinking in Cambodia. ...

Brian Badzmierowski
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50819960/cambodian-un-ambassador-refutes-human-rights-allegations/

Ministry set to publish book ahead of 13th ASEM summit

The Ministry of Information is preparing to publish 5,000 copies of Cambodia 2021 ahead of the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), which Cambodia is hosting in the middle of this year, for distribution to delegates and participants. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-set-publish-book-ahead-13th-asem-summit

CHRC refutes freedom report

Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) vice-president Chin Malin said civic space in Cambodia is not shrinking. Instead, it is widely open, but those who enjoy civic space must respect the constitution and the law. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/chrc-refutes-freedom-report

Spreading fake news on C-19 vaccines considered ‘incitement’

The government will take stronger action against people spreading fake news on social media, especially concerning COVID-19 vaccinations in the Kingdom. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50816839/spreading-fake-news-on-c-19-vaccines-considered-incitement/

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/

Five environmental activists to face court

The winner of the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize Ouch Leng and four other forestry activists were sent to Kratie Provincial Court yesterday after being accused of putting signs up in a protected area. ...

Buth Sela
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50811472/five-environmental-activists-to-face-court/

‘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/

Journalists barred from filming or recording police investigations

Effective from now, journalists are barred from filming or recording criminal cases that are still under investigation by police.​ The directive was issued on Friday by the General Commissariat of National Police to municipal and provincial police that journalists are prohibited from filming or recording ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50806487/journalists-barred-from-filming-or-recording-police-investigations/

Awards to show gratitude for media work

The Ministry of Information is sponsoring the first annual Gratitude Awards for reporters who have produced exemplary work that demonstrated courage, intellect and insight and advanced the profession of journalism starting in the 1970s. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/awards-show-gratitude-media-work

Police warns of Classiscam cyber threat in Kingdom

The National Police’s Anti-Cyber Crime Department has called on social media users to be wary of messages advertising opportunities to win rewards after observing a recent increase in the proliferation of scams on platforms like Telegram and Facebook. ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-warns-classiscam-cyber-threat-kingdom

More than 1,000 cases of fake, objectionable news identified

In 2020, the Ministry of Information identified sources of objectionable or illegal material on social media including fake news and disinformation, various incitements, unfair criticism of the nation’s leadership and insults to the King totalling 1,343 cases. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/more-1000-cases-fake-objectionable-news-identified

Ministry to study Licadho report on rape by relatives cases

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs yesterday said it is studying a Licadho report that found that nearly one in three cases of rape or attempted rape of a woman were perpetrated by a relative of the victim. ...

Buth Sela
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50793601/ministry-to-study-licadho-report-on-rape-by-relatives-cases/

Permanent Mission hits back at ‘naming to alert’ criticism

The Permanent Mission of Cambodia in Geneva has hit back at three United Nations human rights experts, who expressed alarm over what they called the ‘naming and shaming’ of COVID victims. The Mission said that Cambodia’s response to the coronavirus aims to “ensure that precious ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50792643/permanent-mission-hits-back-at-naming-to-alert-criticism/

Stark contrast of opinions on Cambodia’s Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day in Cambodia was marked in contrasting fashions yesterday, as the government said the rights situation in the Kingdom is improving and “far better” compared to some other countries in the region, while some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) expressed concern over repression of human ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50791952/stark-contrast-of-opinions-on-cambodias-human-rights-day/

Rights groups appeal for prisons testing, as Hun Sen solicits vaccine funds

Three international and domestic rights groups said the government must test prisoners who may have been exposed to an Interior Ministry official who had the disease, with Prime Minister Hun Sen focused on soliciting funds for vaccine acquisitions. ...

Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/rights-groups-appeal-for-prisons-testing-as-hun-sen-solicits-vaccine-funds/

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