New Journalists’ Group Vows to Defend Reporters, Free Press

A new journalists’ association, the Cambodian Journalists Alliance (CamboJA), vowed to promote press freedom and independent newsgathering, and defend and help professionalize local reporters during a launch event on Friday.

Speaking to about 200 attendees in Phnom Penh, including journalists, officials, ambassadors and others, Nop Vy, CamboJA’s board chairman, expressed his hope that the group would positively contribute to the media sector, as well as promote citizens’ access to information.

“CamboJA is an independent and professional institution, with no tendency or bias toward any political party, and has a mission to strengthen journalism and the freedom of journalists, strengthen the independence of news outlets and the power of media, and protect journalists,” Vy said, according to his prepared remarks.

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