Cambodia Considers New Anti-“Fake News” Laws

Siem Reap – Attendees at an Asian media conference agreed to develop a regional road map for combating fake news throughout the region, which is in the midst of government press crackdowns in several countries, including the host nation.

The two-day summit, titled “Media Digitalization: Focusing on Developing Markets”, was organized by the Malaysia-based Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, or AIBD. The group is a regional inter-governmental organization funded by over a hundred state and non-state members, and funded primarily by the host, Cambodia’s Ministry of Information.

“The summit and pre-summit workshops have addressed concerns caused by digital media, which requires relevant authorities to make regulations to anti-cybercrimes, fake news, and training people to raise awareness and enhance the media profession,” said Khieu Kanharith, Cambodia’s minister of information, in closing remarks Thursday.

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