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Cambodia: The Unfree Press

The Cambodian government has continued tightening the screws on its already crippled free press, introducing severe prohibitions on election reporting ahead of the ballot in July, and establishing a taskforce to monitor social media posts.

Cambodia’s Online Information Controls in Contravention of Rights Guarantees: NGOs

More than 100 NGOs expressed “grave concern” Friday in response to the Cambodian government’s decision to monitor and “control” online news ahead of a controversial general election in July, calling the move a “contravention of constitutional and international human rights guarantees.”

A New Digital Iron Curtain in Cambodia?

An ongoing media crackdown looks set to intensify even further.

Cambodia to Monitor Online News Ahead of July Election

Cambodia will monitor and control online news content intended to cause "instability", an official notice said on Monday, the government's latest move to control information ahead of a general election in July.

Cambodia Forms Task Force to Monitor ‘Fake News’ on Social Media

Cambodia has created a task force to monitor the spread of “fake news” on social media platforms and through private text messaging.

‘We’re going to be blind’: how Cambodia defeated its free press

Critics and human rights groups decry the end of an era of press freedom in Cambodia as the nation’s last independent newspaper is sold to the owner of a Malaysian “covert PR” firm, leaving Cambodians who once relied on a free press worrying that they’re now “going to be blind”

CPJ condemns election news restrictions in Cambodia

Hong Kong --The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned today proposed restrictions on news coverage of upcoming elections in Cambodia and called on the country's...

Cambodia’s Fresh News: is it journalism with Chinese characteristics?

Though far from Beijing’s sophisticated control of information, Cambodia’s media landscape is starting to echo China’s, according to Reporters Without Borders

Cambodia’s Controversial Press Guidelines Draw Concern

A new list of controversial rules for journalists covering Cambodia's upcoming elections, including a warning that the reporters should not ask detailed questions about the result, is drawing criticism from observers who say the provisions are worryingly vague and subjective

Cambodian Flown to Bangkok to Face Fake News Charge

Thai police filed criminal charges Friday against a Cambodian man who allegedly posted a false report about the Thai prime minister on his website, officials said.

‘The Outlook Is Grim’: Cambodia’s Independent Media Under Hun Sen

May has been a tough month for press freedom in Cambodia. On May 5, the Phnom Penh Post, an independent newspaper often critical of the Cambodian government, was sold to a Malaysian investor with links to Prime Minister Hun Sen. And on May 18, a court refused to release two Radio Free Asia reporters who have been held in pretrial detention for six months on charges of espionage.

“Generation Startup” Documentary Inspires Young Entrepreneurs to Move Outside of Comfort Zone

American filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser spent 17 months following six recent graduates pursuing the American dream by building startup companies in Detroit, Michigan.

Lifting the veil on Cambodia’s new media baron

The Phnom Penh Post newspaper has been sold to a Malaysian buyer who goes by various names. After some days of confusion, he announced he was Sivakumar S Ganapathy, despite the fact that a press release on the sale of the Post by former Australian owner Bill Clough named him as Sivakumar G (Siva).

Cambodia court extends detention of radio journalists

A Cambodian court on Friday extended the pre-trial detention of two Radio Free Asia journalists who have been in prison for six months while espionage charges, which critics say are part of a crushing crackdown on independent media, are investigated.

Injustice continues: Cambodian court extends detention of two journalists (Opinion)

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) has condemned the continued detention, which has now exceeded six months, of two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists, Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, since their arrest on November 14, 2017.

New owner of Phnom Penh Post denies Cambodian government launched crackdown on independent press

The Malaysian businessman refused to reveal the price of the sale of the newspaper or how a US$3.9 million tax bill was settled as part of the purchase

A Cambodian Spring – engrossing portrait of grassroots protesters

There’s gripping human drama in this documentary about a Buddhist monk and two ‘housewife activists’ leading a battle against forced evictions.

Former Phnom Penh Post journalist describes state of press freedom in Cambodia as ‘dire’

The acquisition of the Phnom Penh Post by a Malaysian businessman made the newsroom “apprehensive” and “concerned” according to one of the paper’s former journalists, Erin Handley.

A Cambodian Spring review: remarkable story about a community trying to save itself from...

Director Chris Kelly took nine years to complete this remarkable film about land-rights protests and political skullduggery in Cambodia. The subject matter may seem of marginal interest for a western audience but the documentary works not just as investigative journalism but also as a universal story about a community trying to save itself from destruction.

Vietnamese hackers trigger software trap after Australian sale of newspaper in Cambodia

A Vietnamese state-linked hacking group has used a Cambodian newspaper website to attack a local human rights organisation, according to a leading cyber security firm.

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