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VOD to stay shut for ‘serious insults’ to gov’t, Hun Sen says

Prime Minister Hun Sen has reaffirmed his position that online news outlet VOD, which published in both Khmer and English and also produced radio programmes, will never be reopened. ...

Samban Chandara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vod-stay-shut-serious-insults-govt-hun-sen-says

Officials dismissive of foreign commentary on VOD closure

Senior officials have brushed off concerns raised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) over the annulment of the licence for online news outlet VOD, saying this would “improve” the professional ethics of the media in Cambodia. ...

Samban Chandara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-dismissive-foreign-commentary-vod-closure

Prime minister says VOD shutdown strengthens journalism, offers reporters government jobs

Despite a wave of international concern over the shutdown of independent media Voice of Democracy (VOD), Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the outlet’s license will not be restored and offered VOD reporters government jobs instead in a Facebook post Tuesday. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/prime-minister-says-vod-shutdown-strengthens-journalism-offers-reporters-government-jobs/

Ex-VOD workers offered civil state employment

Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that roles within the state framework will be made available for any former employees of online media outlet VOD who wish to engage in public affairs. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ex-vod-workers-offered-civil-state-employment

Cambodian leader orders shutdown of independent media outlet

There were tears at Cambodia’s Voice of Democracy on Monday as journalist Khan Leakhena reacted to the sudden order to close the news website. ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voanews.com/a/cambodian-leader-orders-shutdown-of-independent-media-outlet/6960214.html

Shutdown of VOD undermines press freedom, embassies and civil society groups warn

After the government shuttered independent media Voice of Democracy (VOD) on Monday, dozens of civil society groups decried the decision and numerous embassies warned the loss of the publication seriously damaged Cambodia’s dwindling press freedom in the run-up to the July national election. ...

Khuon Narim and Jack Brook
https://cambojanews.com/shutdown-of-vod-undermines-press-freedom-embassies-and-civil-society-groups-warn/

Prime Minister Hun Sen shuts down independent media VOD

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the government will revoke the license for media outlet VOD in a Facebook post Sunday evening, after he previously demanded an apology for an article he claimed was inaccurate. ...

Jack Brook and Chhorn Chansy
https://cambojanews.com/prime-minister-shuts-down-independent-media-vod/

Hun Sen revokes VOD licence over ‘slander’

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the Ministry of Information to revoke the licence of VOD, after the online media outlet failed to apologise for publishing an “intentionally slanderous” article regarding Cambodia’s recent relief assistance to quake-hit Turkiye. ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-revokes-vod-licence-over-slander

Reporter, ‘witnesses’ tell different stories

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said that radio journalist Lay Samean, who was badly beaten by district security guards on May 2 while covering a planned opposition rally, may have provoked the violence by calling the guards “yuon’s dogs”, among other insults. The minister added, however, that ...

Kevin Ponniah and Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/reporter-%E2%80%98witnesses%E2%80%99-tell-different-stories

Minister to address beatings

Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith has pledged to meet with Daun Penh District Governor Sok Sambath to discuss the targeting of journalists by hired district security guards, said UNESCO country representative Anne Lemaistre, who met with the minister on Friday. The minister is also keen on ...

Kevin Ponniah and Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/minister-address-beatings

Beaten journo preps lawsuit

A journalist with Voice of Democracy (VOD) who was badly beaten by security forces at the site of a planned demonstration in the capital earlier this month left for Thailand yesterday for an operation, and plans to file suit against his attackers next week, he ...

Meas Sokchea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/beaten-journo-preps-lawsuit

Security dressed down

For months now, Daun Penh district security forces, identifiable by their dark blue uniforms, black motorbike helmets and merciless truncheon swinging, have been unleashed on protesters, opposition and otherwise, as the all-too-willing enforcers of government-approved crackdowns. But as district forces have begun targeting more journalists during ...

Vong Sokheng and Alice Cuddy
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/security-dressed-down

Radio Ban Sparks Debate of Media Freedom in Cambodia

While observers yesterday accused the government of censorship for ordering radio stations not to transmit international broadcasters over the election weekend, a government spokesman defended the move. On Sunday, a Ministry of Information official said the ministry had ordered local F.M. stations not to transmit Voice ...

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