Immigration Department to Launch Newspaper Soon

The Interior Ministry’s general department of immigration is in the process of putting together the first edition of its own newspaper, which will be launched soon to give the public an insight into the work it does, according to Major General Uk Heisela.

Since its establishment in April last year, the immigration department has located and deported 2,423 illegal immigrants—2,122 of them Vietnamese—according to Maj. Gen. Heisela, and has had a camera crew following all the while.

“We need to tell the people through the news what we do every day,” he said during Thursday’s raid in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district. “We will start the newspaper soon and the video will be used to improve our Facebook and website,” he added.

In May, the National Police launched its own 12-page daily newspaper.

Maj. Gen. Heisela was unable to give specifics on the immigration department’s publication, but said the first edition was already in the works.

“We have enough [material] to start already; we are just waiting for the department of administration to do it,” he said.

Asked in a Facebook message if he would approve the newspaper for publication, Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said: “I will.”

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