Cambodia: Hun Sen uses Covid-19 crisis to tighten his grip

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges Cambodia’s legislators to amend a proposed state of emergency law they are due to vote on in the next few days and, in particular, to eliminate gross violations of the freedom to inform and be informed that could have serious consequences during the coronavirus crisis.

According to national assembly spokesman Leng Peng Long, the proposed “Law on Governing the Country in a State of Emergency” will be submitted for a vote by tomorrow “at the latest.” Approved by the cabinet on 31 March, it is designed to enable the government to “control the situation” if the coronavirus spreads in Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen says.

RSF has obtained a copy of the proposed law, which would institutionalize censorship in all the media.

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