Cambodia plans to launch China-style internet firewall

In May, Coda Story’s Chaewon Chung reported how Cambodia’s government had adopted new emergency laws amid the coronavirus pandemic, allowing unlimited surveillance and control of the country’s press and social media.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has leveraged the pandemic to accelerate a long-running crackdown on dissent. Surveillance of social media has led to the arrest of journalists and dozens of members of the public.

Now the authorities are planning to further tighten control of the internet with a new decree that would oblige all web traffic to run through a “national internet gateway.”

According to the document, obtained by Nikkei Asian Review earlier this month, the gateway will be used to enhance “national revenue collection,” protect “national security” and assure “social order.”

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