Cambodia’s government has issued a decree establishing a National Internet Gateway that will allow online traffic to be controlled and monitored, tightening further its control over what its citizens say online.
The 11-page decree, announced on Wednesday, argues that such controls are necessary in order to help safeguard national security and maintain social order. For the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), this is code for restricting dissenting political voices, particularly those of long-time opponents.
According to the decree, the operator of the gateway will support authorities with “measures to prevent and disconnect all network connections that affect national income, security, social order, morality, culture, traditions, and customs.”
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