Amid Backsliding on Press Freedoms, Phnom Penh Calls for ‘Professional’ Reporting

Press freedom in Cambodia, in decline since the 2017 crackdown on independent reporting, has taken a turn for the worse, with an increase in arrests and harassment of media outlets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reporters Without Borders ranked Cambodia 144th out of 180 countries in its 2020 press freedom index, citing Prime Minister Hun Sen’s enhanced “system for cracking down on dissent.”

But top officials in Phnom Penh paint a different picture.

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