Human rights

Civil and political rights

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

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
https://cambojanews.com/imprisoned-activist-seng-theary-ends-ten-day-hunger-strike/

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
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501326261/government-shuts-down-misleading-websites/

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
https://thmeythmey.com/?page=detail&id=128389

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
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/7/28/cambodia-blocks-17-media-websites-before-vote

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
https://cambojanews.com/government-orders-internet-providers-to-block-media-outlets-kamnotra-database/

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
https://shorturl.at/hopJQ

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
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/manet-media-acts-societys-mirror-and-democracys-pillar

LMC-funded workshop on combating fake news held in Cambodia

A workshop on “combating fake news for journalists” in the second phase, funded by the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Special Fund, kicked off here on Thursday. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501313178/lmc-funded-workshop-on-combating-fake-news-held-in-cambodia/

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