Cambodia’s New Online Media Directive Criticized as ‘Censorship’

A group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has criticized a Cambodian government working group set up to monitor and “control” online news.

A statement signed by 117 NGOs condemns the creation of the group. It was formed through a “prakas” — a declaration issued by a government minister.

The working group was formed by Cambodia’s ministries of information, interior and posts and telecommunications. A government announcement last week said the working group is aimed at “controlling all dissemination of information” found to “threaten the defense and security of the nation.”

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