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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

Family of violently beaten government critic seeks justice

Phnom Penh police say they are investigating a brutal assault against a vocal critic of government policies, as civil society groups say the incident is the latest in an ongoing crackdown on critical voices. ...

Khuon Narim

Information Minister: Awareness of RCEP will increase journalists’ knowledge

Minister of Information Neth Pheaktra said that the understanding of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) will contribute to increasing the knowledge of Ministry of Information leaders and professionals in the field of journalism. ...

Khmer Times Staff

Climate change a threat to development: NCDM

Officials have called for climate change-related issues to be taken into account in all future development planning, noting that Cambodia remains vulnerable to an increase in natural disasters caused by climate change. ...

Long Kimmarita

Japan collaboration on enhancing media eyed

Minister of Information Neth Pheaktra recently met with Japanese ambassador Atsushi Ueno to explore ways to enhance media collaboration between the two countries. Pheaktra emphasised the need to combat fake news, stating at his September 6 meeting with Ueno that it poses a threat to society. ...

Sok Raksa

Burning Homes in the Name of Conservation: NGO Wildlife Alliance Cracks Down on the Poor

The farmers of Knong Riel run when they see white faces. A white face, for many farmers, means staff from Wildlife Alliance, one of Cambodia’s leading conservation NGOs, have entered the northern edge of the Cardamom National Park where dozens of families grow cassava, corn ...

Jack Brook

Japan, Cambodia collaborate on human rights initiatives

Japan and Cambodia explored avenues for international cooperation in peacekeeping efforts, humanitarian assistance initiatives, and collaboration within the international arena at the 12th Cambodia-Japan Human Rights Dialogue meeting yesterday. ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Meas Sophorn appointed head of PM’s spokesperson unit

The new government led by Hun Manet has appointed Meas Sophorn, former spokesman for the Ministry of Information, as head of the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson Unit to convey Manet’s personal information, communicate with domestic and international media and issue statements. ...

Sok Raksa

Cambodian police contradict Indonesian officials, claim repatriated Indonesians are not victims

The Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh repatriated 41 Indonesian citizens in the last month from online scam operations, it announced Monday, but Cambodian police officials say that these people were not victims. ...

Phon Sothyroth and Leila Goldstein

CCJ ecotourism photo competition open to published journalists

The Club of Cambodian Journalists (CCJ), in collaboration with CP ALL (Cambodia) Co Ltd, are organising a photography competition for local journalists. ...

Bor Pich Zelin

Cambodia dismisses human rights report

The government has dismissed a recent UN human rights report as biased, saying it did not truly reflect the human rights landscape in Cambodia. ...

Samban Chandara

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

Seng Theary begins hunger strike, after UN declares her arbitrarily detained

Imprisoned activist Seng Theary began a 10 day hunger strike on Monday, less than a week after a United Nations report declared she was being detained in violation of international law and called for her release, her lawyer Jared Genser stated on Monday. ...

Jack Brook and Runn Sreydeth

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

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

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

Government orders internet providers to block media outlets, Kamnotra database

The government ordered internet service providers to block the websites and social media pages of several independent media outlets and a public database in a July 12 document obtained by CamboJA on Monday. ...

Andrew Califf and Hel Komsan

PM says no need for legalized same sex marriage, but LGBTQ+ community says otherwise

Last month, concerned about a reported rise in HIV cases, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that there is no discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community in Cambodia while reaffirming there would be no marriage equality law. ...

Seoung Nimol

Asia-Pacific growth poised to quicken with Chinese economy at faster pace

Developing economies in Asia and the Pacific this year are projected to see better performances than in 2022 as the continued easing of pandemic restrictions boosts consumption, tourism and investment, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said, highlighting “China’s reopening is the main factor brightening ...

Khmer Times Staff

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

NGOs want government, Italy to halt reopening of intercountry adoptions

Reopening intercountry adoptions will put Cambodian children and their families at risk, a group of NGOs said in a statement Wednesday, urging the Cambodian government to stop the process. ...

Sovann Sreypich

Manet: Media acts as society’s mirror and democracy’s pillar

Hun Manet, a future prime ministerial candidate for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) hails the media’s vital role in strengthening democracy and societal development. ...

Sok Raksa

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