Cambodia urged to end ‘witch hunt’ against journalists

Report on media freedom calls for end to discriminatory attitudes toward women working as journalists and rights defenders.

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) has sharply rebuked Prime Minister Hun Sen’s regime, claiming repressive laws had been instituted and used in wielding a crackdown over recent years.

In its annual report on the State of Freedom of Expression, Press Freedom and Access to Information in Cambodia, CCHR said the government had revoked seven media licenses between Sept. 1, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2021.

“Numerous journalists and human rights defenders faced legal action and intimidation, journalists and citizens faced many obstacles when attempting to access information and self-censorship continued to rise,” it said, adding that female journalists were discriminated against.

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