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.”