Cambodia rejects calls to cancel national internet gateway

UN human rights experts say the gateway is repressive and must not be implemented.

Cambodia has dismissed calls by United Nations special rapporteurs to cancel its national internet gateway (NIG), which has been sharply criticized as repressive and compared to China’s complex network of online censorship known as the Great Firewall.

A government spokesman said the Permanent Mission of Cambodia in Geneva had “emphatically dismissed the radically one-sided, politicized, imaginary and misleading statement of three special rapporteurs” on the NIG, due to come into effect on Feb. 16.

“The fact is that the creation of the NIG adheres to the principles of legality, necessity and proportionality, and contributes to the realization of Cambodia’s vibrant digitalization, a driving force to growth and development,” it said.

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