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Human rights watch: Cambodian government’s claims of democracy do not reflect reality

Cambodia’s 2023 election year was marked by attacks against government critics and independent media, according to a 2024 global Human Rights Watch (HRW) report published Thursday. ...

Khuon Narim and Leila Goldstein
https://cambojanews.com/human-rights-watch-cambodian-governments-claims-of-democracy-do-not-reflect-reality/

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/

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

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/

EU parliament urges end to political persecution, calls for free and fair elections

The European Parliament called on Cambodian authorities to release former opposition leader Kem Sokha and reinstate the court-dissolved CNRP for participation in the 2023 elections in a resolution on Thursday. ...

Sorn Sarath and Phon Sotthyroth
https://cambojanews.com/eu-parliament-urges-end-to-political-persecution-calls-for-free-and-fair-elections/

Over 20 VOD ex-employees have applied for government jobs ahead of Feb 28th deadline

More than 20 former employees of shuttered radio station VOD – closed by order of the Prime Minister last week – have now applied for government jobs in ministries and institutions. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501243355/over-20-vod-ex-employees-have-applied-for-government-jobs/

Women’s affairs ministry urges end to ‘misogynistic language’

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs expressed its dismay regarding the use of inappropriate and immoral language on social media by a small number of individuals. It considered these acts as having damaged the honour and dignity of Cambodian women as well as being detrimental to ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/womens-affairs-ministry-urges-end-misogynistic-language

Former VOD staff undecided about offer of state employment

In a gesture of goodwill, Prime Minister Hun Sen offered government positions to unemployed Voice of Democracy (VOD) journalists. ...

Torn Vibol
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501239634/former-vod-staff-undecided-about-offer-of-state-employment/

Government dismisses concerns over VOD radio closure

Both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday dismissed concerns from the international community and foreign embassies over the decision to revoke the licence of the Voice of Democracy (VOD) radio. ...

Torn Vibol
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501238746/government-dismisses-concerns-over-vod-radio-closure/

Cambodia says shutdown of Western-backed media outlet over slanderous broadcast does not affect press freedom

Cambodia said on Tuesday that the shutdown of the foreign-funded VOD (Voice of Democracy) radio over broadcasting “intentionally slanderous” information does not undermine the vibrant press freedom in the Southeast Asian country. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501239124/cambodia-says-shutdown-of-west-backed-media-outlet-over-slanderous-broadcast-does-not-affect-press-freedom/

PM offers VOD staff jobs at state organizations

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday offered VOD staff to work in the government after the media organization had its license revoked on Monday. ...

Chhorn Raksmey
https://kiripost.com/stories/cambodia-pm-offers-vod-staff-jobs-at-state-organizations

Grave concerns raised over VOD closure

International embassies and other organisations in Cambodia have raised grave concerns about the government’s snap decision to shutter independent media Voice of Democracy (VOD) after revoking its license. ...

Marissa Carruthers, Chhorn Raksmey
https://kiripost.com/stories/cambodia-grave-concerns-raised-over-vod-closure

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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