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Cambodia’s Sentencing of Journalist Over COVID-19 Comment a Threat to Freedoms, Media Groups Say

The conviction of a journalist who reported on comments that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen made publicly about COVID-19 is a threat to all reporters covering the pandemic, local media groups say.

DW Freedom of Speech Award laureate Sovann Rithy released from prison

Journalist Sovann Rithy has been released from prison.

IFJ urges Cambodia to investigate murder of journalist

Prominent TV reporter Koy Piseth was attacked and killed while riding his motorbike.

Sovann Rithy Released from Jail, Handed Suspended Sentence

The online journalist who was jailed for quoting Prime Minister Hun Sen accurately has today been released and handed a suspended sentence.

Online Journalist Convicted and Given Suspended Sentence for Quoting Hun Sen

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court convicted online journalist Sovann Rithy on Monday morning and handed him an 18-month suspended sentence, nearly six months after he was arrested for reporting comments made by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Journalist Who Quoted Hun Sen Receives Suspended Sentence, Freed

The jailed editor-in-chief of popular online news outlet TVFB was freed on Monday after being handed a suspended 18-month sentence.

Journalist handed 18-month sentence for incitement

The director of online news outlet TVFB was sentenced to 18 months in prison on October 5 after he reported on advice from Prime Minister Hun Sen to motorbike taxi drivers, telling them to sell their vehicles if the Covid-19 crisis is causing them financial distress.

Unknown Assailants Damage Car and Beat Two Kratie Journalists

Two journalists in Kratie province have filed a police complaint in Tbong Khmum province accusing unknown assailants of beating them while on a reporting trip to cover forestry crimes.

Journalists attacked after reporting forestry crime

Four local online news journalists were attacked on September 28 by a group of men who they say were timber traders seeking revenge after the reporters had singled them out to police for committing forestry crimes.

NGOs call for changes to draft law on access to information

A group of civil society organizations on September 28 called on the government to revise the draft Law on Access to Information, taking particular issue with an article that says confidential information can be withheld in certain unspecified cases, while the Information Ministry has maintained that the draft will move ahead without further revision.

Twisting the news: Hun Sen leaks stories in Cambodia

The idea that a prime minister or president would leak stories about one news organization to another is almost unheard of. It’s the type of job best left to the underlings but not in Cambodia, where one news portal has cited Prime Minister Hun Sen as its leak.

Photojournalism Now: In Conversation With Grantee Sean Gallagher (video)

Earlier this month, Alison Stieven-Taylor of Photojournalism Now interviewed long-time Pulitzer Center grantee Sean Gallagher as part of a video series profiling visual journalists from around the globe.

Information Ministry to push ‘fake news’ education over draft law

The Information Ministry has decided not to prepare a draft law on fake news and disinformation despite requests from within the government, and instead will focus on educating journalists on how to strengthen the public’s access to reliable information, according to minister Khieu Kanharith.

High Court Sends Translator Case for Retrial, Denies Reporters’ Appeal

Cambodia’s highest court on Wednesday sent the case of a former translator for Russian state news outlet RT for retrial, while upholding a lower-court decision in a separate case against two journalists who had worked for U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia.

Nearing Release, ‘RT Media Fixer’ Given a New Trial by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Appeal Court to retry media fixer Rath Rott Mony, who was convicted by a lower court for his involvement in a Russian media documentary on sex workers in Cambodia.

Supreme Court sends Rath Rott Mony’s case for retrial

The Supreme Court on July 15 sent the case of RT fixer Rath Rott Mony for retrial after finding that the Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold his conviction for incitement was incorrect.

Cambodia’s Top Court Rejects Appeals by Ex-RFA Reporters, Labor Activist in Blow to Press...

Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected appeals by two former RFA reporters to halt an investigation into charges that they illegally produced pornography, as well as a labor activist seeking to overturn his two-year jail sentence for “incitement,” drawing condemnation from a free speech watchdog.

Cambodian Russia Today translator’s ‘fake news’ case sent to appeal court

Cambodia's Supreme Court on Wednesday (Jul 15) ordered the case of a translator jailed for involvement in a Russia Today documentary about sex trafficking be heard by an appeal court, due to what his lawyer said was a "factual problem" during his trial.

Cambodia rejects UN rights claim

Cambodia's Permanent Mission to the UN Office in Geneva on Friday hit back at David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression after he raised concerns over the repression of free speech and the right to information in certain countries during the Covid-19 pandemic, including Cambodia.


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Cambodia detects 1 new COVID-19 case, 287 in total

Cambodia confirmed one new imported case of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections in the kingdom to 287, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a press statement.