Human rights

Civil and political rights

Press freedom groups, donors tout benefits of a national press council

Press freedom groups and foreign donors on Friday discussed the potential benefits and goals of establishing a national press council, including developing a standardized code of ethics for journalists nationwide and promoting public trust and self-regulation in the industry. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/press-freedom-groups-donors-tout-benefits-of-a-national-press-council/

Women from 6 poor communities in Phnom Penh face online restrictions: report

The August report from Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) was released yesterday and revealed that social media rights for women in six poor communities in Phnom Penh were restricted by threats and intimidation from local authorities after they shared information on the challenges they face in ...

Torn Vibol
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501146254/women-from-6-poor-communities-in-phnom-penh-face-online-restrictions-report/

Communities claim that they are often threatened when they post information on land disputes on social media

Communities from different provinces claim that they are often threatened under various guises by local authorities when they report community land disputes on social media to find the solution from relevant authorities. ...

Sovann Sreypich
https://khmer.cambojanews.com/communities-claim-to-be-under-threat-from-local-authorities-when-they-post-information-on-land-disputes-on-social-media/

Gov’t tallies 4.6K ‘fake news’ articles since 2020

From the start of 2020 through the end of the first semester of this year, the Ministry of Information has documented the publication of 4,657 fake news articles online and 170 of those cases were serious enough to merit being brought to the attention of ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-tallies-46k-fake-news-articles-2020

Preah Vihear journalist assaulted by military commander

 A journalist in Preah Vihear province says he was beaten up by an army commander after he accidentally witnessed what he suspected to be the illegal transportation of timber. ...

Seoung Nimol and Try Thaney
https://cambojanews.com/preah-vihear-journalist-assaulted-by-military-commander/

Hundreds from bodyguard unit take over Phnom Tamao reforestation efforts

The military personnel — primarily in charge of protecting the Cambodian prime minister — were seen to be managing the outflow of trees being transported by workers but also blocking access to the cleared forest. They detained five VOD journalists and four activists in the ...

Keat Soriththeavy, Danielle Keeton-Olsen and Pa Sokheng
https://vodenglish.news/hundreds-from-bodyguard-unit-take-over-phnom-tamao-reforestation-efforts/

UN agency warns of Cambodian threats to journalists

Journalists in Cambodia are facing increasing threats and being prevented from doing their jobs amid growing restrictions on press freedom and civic and political rights, the U.N human rights office there said this week. The U.N. agency’s report, issued August 3, describes press freedom in ...

Lisa Schlein
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/un-agency-warns-of-cambodian-threats-to-journalists-/6689900.html

CSOs calling for prompt info access law drafting

A group of 33 civil society organisations (CSOs) urged the intervention of Prime Minister Hun Sen to expedite the draft law on “access to information”. ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/csos-calling-prompt-info-access-law-drafting

Media a key RCEP information source: CEO

The media will remain a vital source of “accurate and timely” news on developments concerning the world’s largest trade pact for policymakers, think-tanks, businesspeople, investors and the general public. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/media-key-rcep-information-source-ceo

Candlelight Party congress issues official policy plans

The Candlelight Party has decided to adopt a seven-point policy plan in the run-up to the June 5 commune council elections. The decision came at the May 15 extraordinary congress of the party in Khmuonh commune’s Anlong Kgan village of the capital’s Sen Sok district. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/candlelight-party-congress-issues-official-policy-plans

Hun Manet says press freedom is alive and well in Cambodia

The likely prime ministerial successor Hun Manet has downplayed worsening restrictions on press freedoms, as civil society groups continue to warn of a deteriorating space for civil rights. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/hun-manet-says-press-freedom-is-alive-and-well-in-cambodia/

Hun Manet says power has to be respected, not feared

News media is considered the “fourth power”, but this power has to be respected, not to be feared, in order to ensure its sustainability. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501068971/hun-manet-says-power-has-to-be-respected-not-feared/

PM Hun Sen acknowledged challenges of the media and encouraged them to keep up

Cambodia Prime Minister acknowledged challenges faced by journalists and media agencies, reaffirmed the government support for the sector, and urged continuous capacity building among them. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501068985/pm-hun-sen-acknowledged-challenges-of-the-media-and-encouraged-them-to-keep-up/

Appeal trial held for ‘Adhoc 5’ over bribery case

The Court of Appeal on Thursday heard the case of the “Adhoc 5”, five current and former staffers of the rights group who in September 2018 were found guilty of bribing a mistress of former opposition leader Kem Sokha.​ ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/appeal-trial-held-for-adhoc-5-over-bribery-case/

Cambodia reiterates commitment to uphold press freedom

The Ministry of Information has extended its congratulations and reaffirmed its commitment to continue to uphold the press freedom in Cambodia.   ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501066434/cambodia-reiterates-commitment-to-uphold-press-freedom/

U.S. report highlights human rights abuses by Cambodian armed forces

 The U.S. Department of State’s 2021 country report on human rights pertaining to Cambodia, released on Tuesday, found that Cambodian government officials continue to violate human rights – notably, by threatening the use of force against political opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/u-s-report-highlights-human-rights-abuses-by-cambodian-armed-forces/

Information ministry plans media terminology ‘E-book’

The Ministry of Information is to establish an “E-Book” to register more than 200 new terminologies related to media and news, all of which have been approved by the National Council for Khmer Language at the Royal Academy of Cambodia.   ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/information-ministry-plans-media-terminology-e-book

Ministry urges on-the-job skill training for journalists

A senior Ministry of Information official urged journalists to take advantage of the information age by continuing to study and improve their skills. In depth, up-to-date knowledge is required to provide comprehensive information to the public, he said. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-urges-job-skill-training-journalists

Veteran journalists honoured

Fourteen journalists from five different periodicals have been selected to receive “Inspirational Journalism Awards” for their contributions to the promotion of journalism in the Kingdom. The award ceremony is scheduled for March 24. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/veteran-journalists-honoured

PM lauds fight against fake news on World Radio Day

Radio broadcasting institutions have been crucial in the fight against fake news on social media in Cambodia, said Prime Minister Hun Sen in a message to mark World Radio Day. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-lauds-fight-against-fake-news-world-radio-day

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