Civil and political rights

Access to information

Media literacy becoming important, say NGOs and ministries

Media literacy refers to the ability to think objectively about the information a person comes into contact with through general media and, increasingly, social media. It is a common goal of the government and civil society organisations to bring this knowledge to the Cambodian people, ...

Keo Bosaba
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/media-literacy-becoming-important-say-ngos-and-ministries

Ministry refutes impunity claims by journo coalition

The Ministry of Information has disputed a joint statement on impunity for crimes against journalists issued by the Coalition of Cambodian Journalists (CamboJA), Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM) and 32 other civil society organisations (CSOs). ...

Samban Chandara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-refutes-impunity-claims-journo-coalition

Meta Cambodia launches Digital Economy Portal

A new website dedicated to serving readers’ cravings for the essential progress of Cambodia’s digital economy has been officially launched by Meta (formerly Facebook) and Open Development Cambodia (ODC). ...

Bun Tharum
https://kiripost.com/stories/meta-cambodia-launches-digital-economy-portal

Minister reaffirms government’s commitment to promote press freedom

Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith said the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) is always committed to improving the respect of press freedom and freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501176536/minister-reaffirms-governments-commitment-to-promote-press-freedom/

Pandemic pushes public mistrust in the media

The pandemic has thrown additional hurdles to the media landscape as there is a quiet resignation of consuming news in the region, the head of a research centre said on Thursday, claiming people find news troublesome, problematic, and biased. ...

Prak Chan Thul
https://kiripost.com/stories/pandemic-pushes-public-mistrust-in-the-media

Opportunity of AI and E-governance to advance the right to access information discussed

Cambodian experts, academia, government, civil society, private sector and youth discussed how AI and e-Government interact with the right to Access Information, in a recent seminar organised by UNECO and the Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology (CADT). ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501170980/opportunity-of-ai-and-e-governance-to-advance-the-right-to-access-information-discussed/

AI and e-governance key to access information in digital world

UNESCO and Cambodia Academy of Digital Technology (CADT) are slated to hold talks on Access to Information 2022 on Friday, when panelists will discuss Artificial Intelligence (AI) and e-Governance, which they say can play an important role in improving access to information in the digital ...

Prak Chan Thul
https://kiripost.com/stories/ai-and-e-governance-key-to-access-information-in-digital-world

Gov’t urged to pass access to information law

Cambodia on Friday commemorated International Day of Universal Access to Information with a conference that gathered over 150 representatives from the government, civil society, indigenous communities, youth groups, organisations of persons with disabilities and political parties. ...

Taing Rinith
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501161228/govt-urged-to-pass-access-to-information-law/

Civil society groups call on government to add more inputs on access to information law to reduce corruption

Civil society organizations and indigenous peoples’ representatives call on the government to disclose information to the public and include additional elements in the “Right to Information Law” to reduce corruption while they still face some challenges in obtaining sensitive information from government. ...

Nat Sopheap
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2022/09/28/civil-society-to-add-elements-to-information-law-to-reduce-corruption/

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/

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/

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

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/

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

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