Ministry To Brainstorm Ways To Curb Porn

If the Ministry of Women’s Af­fairs has its way, photos of naked Cam­bodian celebrities won’t be ap­pearing on Cambodian mobile phones and computer screens much longer.

The ministry will today host a news conference announcing an interministerial meeting to brainstorm ways to fight porn in the wake of a media frenzy about the dis­tribution of nude photos of ce­le­bri­ties on mobile phones.

The Ministry of Women’s Af­fairs plans to work on educating school students about the allegedly heinous effects of pornography.

“Our measures will focus on ed­u­cation in schools that emphasizes our culture and traditions,” Min­is­ter of Women’s Affairs Ung Kan­tha Phavy said.

But according to some ob­ser­vers, the ministry faces an uphill battle.

Prince Sisowath Kola Chat, secretary of state for the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, said that it is difficult to catch digital pornographers.

“The technology is too mo­dern,” he said. “We don’t know where to arrest those people.”

He said his ministry is focusing most of its energies on keeping por­nography off Cambodian mo­vie screens, and has taken a series of measures to that effect.

Keo Thea, deputy police chief of the Phnom Penh municipal Anti-traf­ficking and Juvenile Protection Unit, also said that tech-savvy porn­ographers are hard to apprehend. “We have not reached the le­vel to arrest those people yet,” he said.

Chea Vannath, president of the Cen­ter for Social Development, said concern about high-tech porn could be misplaced.

While pornographic videos shown in coffee shops and movie thea­ters may lead to increased ca­ses of rape, naked photos on mo­bi­le phones are relatively innocuous, she said.

In any event, she added, prosti­tu­tion and the phenomenon of weal­thy men taking younger mis­tres­ses are a more pressing issue.

“Everyone makes a lot of noise about how young people pass their time,” she said. “But they do not see, or do not want to see, what the adults are doing and not just watching.”

(Additional reporting by Michael Cowden)

 

Related Stories

Latest News

The Weekly DispatchA new weekly newsletter from The Cambodia Daily delivering news, analysis and opinion to your inbox. Published every Friday at 11:30am. Sign up today.