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Civil and political rights

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

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

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/

‘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

Government alleges misconduct among journalists, greenlights legal action

The Information Ministry threatened legal action against journalists it claimed were spreading fake news or engaging in unethical behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic, a warning that comes amid persistent persecution of journalists in the country. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://cambojanews.com/government-alleges-misconduct-among-journalists-greenlights-legal-action/

Three Kratie journalists charged with extortion in suspicious land clearing case

Three online news journalists from Kratie province were arrested and charged with extortion this week for allegedly demanding money in return for holding back a story about illegal land clearing.​ ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/three-kratie-journalists-charged-with-extortion-in-suspicious-land-clearing-case/

News publisher sentenced to 18 months in jail for incitement

A news publisher has been sentenced to 18 months in prison over criticisms of Prime Minister Hun Sen in several social media posts. ...

Mech Dara
https://vodenglish.news/news-publisher-sentenced-to-18-months-in-jail-for-incitement/

Ministry rejects NGOs claim of media oppression

The Ministry of Information issued a statement yesterday to address the concerns of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) regarding press freedom in Cambodia, saying they are trying to mislead the public. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50779352/ministry-rejects-ngos-claim-of-media-oppression/

Kampong Chhnang journalist denies inciting villagers against military

The owner of a provincial radio station, Sok Oudom, maintained he had not incited villagers in Kampong Chhnang province against the military during his incitement trial on Tuesday, with a verdict expected on November 17. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/kampong-chhnang-journalist-denies-inciting-villagers-against-military/

NGOs: Stop oppressing journalists and limiting free speech

A joint statement released on November 2 by a group of 57 NGOs called for the government to stop silencing journalists and media outlets and release journalists who they believe were unfairly arrested.​ ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngos-stop-oppressing-journalists-and-limiting-free-speech

‘Professional’ journalists get Covid reporting award

The Club of Cambodian Journalists (CCJ) bestowed awards on five journalists for their Covid-19 reporting at a ceremony on Monday. Sao Sok Eng, a journalist from thmeythmey.com, took home the top prize. Mao Samnang, from the TV station PNN, came in second. Mom Kunthear, a former ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/professional-journalists-get-covid-reporting-award

Special Rapporteur voices concern over freedom of expression

The Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) has said it will consider concerns voiced by United Nations Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith over peaceful assembly to promote human rights in the Kingdom. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50757290/special-rapporteur-voices-concern-over-freedom-of-expression/

Cambodia rejects UN rights claim

Cambodia’s Permanent Mission to the UN Office in Geneva on Friday hit back at David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression after he raised concerns over the repression of free speech and ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/cambodia-rejects-un-rights-claim

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