Report Illustrates Snap-Freezing of Cambodia’s Online Space

Internet freedoms in Cambodia have experienced a “drastic regression” in recent years as the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has waged a severe political offensive on its opponents, according to a new report.

Released yesterday by the Bangkok-based Asia Centre, the report documents the drastic narrowing of Cambodia’s once freewheeling online space, and reviews the various pieces of legislation that the government has used to justify its increased surveillance of personal communications and persecution of critics for comments made online.

“Cambodia’s slew of legal measures has created a highly surveilled digital landscape that is causing anxiety among those who want to express dissent,” the report states. “Faced with threats and social media manipulation, critics and human rights defenders have retreated into self-censorship and withdrawal from political engagement to ensure their survival.”

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