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Cambodian rapper vows to continue writing critical songs after a year in jail for...

Cambodian rapper Kea Sokun spent a year in jail after being found guilty of “incitement to commit a felony” for two songs he wrote and posted on YouTube.

Facebook user gets 18-month prison sentence for mocking Cambodia’s prime minister

Cambodian citizen Ny Nak was sentenced to 18 months in prison for creating a Facebook post criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Groups call for the release of Mother Nature environmental activists in Cambodia

Human rights groups in and outside of Cambodia are calling for the immediate release of Mother Nature activists who were detained for filming a sewage flow near the Royal Palace.

Environmental activists convicted in Cambodia for planning “one-woman walk”

Five members of the environmental group Mother Nature were convicted on May 5 in Cambodia on charges of “incitement to commit a felony or disturb social order.”

Cambodia’s internet gateway could intensify surveillance and censorship

The new National Internet Gateway could also affect the operations of tech companies.

Human rights defenders and journalists under attack in Southeast Asia

Since July 31, several human rights activists and journalists across Southeast Asia have been arrested, convicted, and experienced harassment which reflect the surge in state-backed attacks on freedom of expression.

Cambodia continues to block memorial activities honoring murdered political analyst Kem Ley

A man confessed to the murder and was convicted, but few believe that story.

Online journalist detained for quoting Cambodian prime minister’s advice on COVID-19

Cambodian journalist Sovann Rithy of the TVFB digital news outlet was arrested on April 7, 2020, for publishing a video report quoting Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Facebook seller wearing ‘sexy clothes’ charged with pornography in Cambodia

The Cambodian police filed pornography charges against a 39-year-old Facebook user for selling products while wearing sexy clothes that allegedly undermine Khmer values and culture.

Victory for labor rights in Cambodia as largest casino workers’ strike ends in peace

Cambodia registered an unusual victory for labor rights when on January 11, a two-day strike by workers of the country's largest casino company NagaWorld ended peacefully and possibly successfully following the management's decision to raise wages and reinstate the union’s leader.

New network of journalists vows to promote press freedom and independent media in Cambodia

More than 200 participants attended the launching of the Cambodian Journalists Alliance (CamboJA) on 13 December 2019 in the capital city of Phnom Penh.

Five years after an HIV outbreak in a Cambodian commune, villagers feel forgotten

"No one pays attention. No one thinks about us."

At a floating village in Cambodia, children drift away from schooling

In Kbal Taol, a floating village in Battambang province's Koh Chivaing commune, most families depend on fishing for their livelihood.

‘Sacrifice by Fire’: The first translation of ‘Holocaust’ into Cambodia’s Khmer language

A Cambodian translator has coined a new Khmer term for the word “Holocaust” for use in new Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) publications, including her Khmer-language translation of a memoir by a Holocaust survivor that was released in Phnom Penh on 19 July 2019.

Cambodia reduces number of public holidays to attract jobs but activists express concern it...

Responding to the clamor of the business sector, the Cambodian government issued a decree reducing the country’s public holidays from 28 to 22.

Deprived of citizenship, the Vietnamese of Cambodia live on the edge of society

According to a 2014 report on the living conditions of Vietnamese in Cambodia, it is estimated that nine in ten ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia are undocumented.

How preserving folktales and legends help raise environment awareness in the Mekong

In 2014, several indigenous communities in the Mekong started recording their stories and legends with the help of a group of researchers who are exploring how these narratives can help exposing the destructive impact of large-scale projects in the region.

Cambodia’s ‘clean finger’ campaign urges voters to boycott ‘sham’ election

Cambodia’s exiled opposition leaders have launched the ‘clean finger’ campaign which calls for a boycott of the general election scheduled on July 29, 2018.

Netizen Report: New rules in Cambodia and Tanzania force independent media to quiet down...

With elections approaching in July, Cambodia’s National Election Committee has published a set of plans intended to monitor and control online news.

Empty Nets Syndrome: How young fishing families on Cambodia’s Mekong are struggling to survive

Two weeks ago, shortly after it turned 2am, Sami’s boat rolled over on the waves of the Mekong river and tipped all of her possessions into the water—including Lydie, her newborn daughter. 'Just like that, she was gone,' the 16-year-old remembers.