Human rights

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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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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

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

NGOs call on the government to restore human rights in Cambodia

Amid a visit by the Special Rapporteur to Cambodia, non-governmental organizations have asked the government to improve human rights conditions in the country, where freedom of expression and political rights continue to be undermined, along with the abuse of political opponents and the shutting down ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/ngos-call-on-the-government-to-restore-human-rights-in-cambodia/

UNESCO’s digital platform guidelines to fight misinformation

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has developed guidelines for the governance of digital platforms to combat misinformation and hate speech, and promote transparency and freedom of expression. ...

Sangeetha Amarthalingam
https://kiripost.com/stories/unescos-digital-platform-guidelines-to-fight-misinformation

Report records rate of journalist harassment in Cambodia

The Journalism Situation in Cambodia Report reveals there were nine cases of harassment recorded against journalists between July and September, including intimidation in the run-up to the elections. ...

Mao Sreypich
https://kiripost.com/stories/cambodia-report-records-rate-of-journalist-harassment-in-cambodia

Ruling party forms historic coalition

The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) is set to sign a “Cooperation and Coalition Agreement” with 27 other parties at an event to be presided over by CPP president and former prime minister Hun Sen on October 25. ...

Kim Yutharo
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ruling-party-forms-historic-coalition

Minister calls for cessation of sharing of violent videos

Minister of Information Neth Pheaktra has called on journalists and social media users alike to cease the sharing of images and videos which feature deaths or violent content, noting that the widespread posting of such content has the potential to cause emotional harm to survivors ...

Vong Daravady and Bor Pich Zelin
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/minister-calls-cessation-sharing-violent-videos

Pheaktra, Thai journos to combat ‘fake news’

Minister of Information Neth Pheaktra met with Thai ambassador Cherdkiat Atthakor and a delegation from the Journalists Association of Thailand at the ministry headquarters in Phnom Penh on October 2 to discuss strengthening information cooperation in order to combat misinformation, said a ministry press release. ...

Ry Sochan
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/pheaktra-thai-journos-combat-fake-news

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
https://cambojanews.com/voice-of-democracy-to-resume-broadcasting-overseas-unaffiliated-with-ccim/

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
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501359771/information-minister-awareness-of-rcep-will-increase-journalists-knowledge/

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
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/climate-change-threat-development-ncdm

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
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/japan-collaboration-enhancing-media-eyed

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
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/meas-sophorn-appointed-head-pms-spokesperson-unit

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
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ccj-ecotourism-photo-competition-open-published-journalists

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