Cambodian Journalism Review

King Father’s Tolerance Legacy for Journalists
October 22, 2012, 3:27 am
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King Father’s Tolerance Legacy for Journalists

By Cambodia Institute for Media Studies

October 22, 2012


                The Cambodia Institute for Media Studies as well as other Cambodian journalists would like to join other Khmer people in mourning the great loss of our King Father Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk, who passed away on October 15, 2012.


                In addition to his numerous achievements for Cambodia and the Cambodian people, our revered King Father has left behind a great legacy of tolerance for the media and journalists as a role model in establishing democracy and in the respect for press freedoms and freedom of expression in Cambodia. Continue reading

The fight for freedom begins with freedom of speech
March 13, 2012, 2:17 am
Filed under: Free Speech

The fight for freedom begins with freedom of speech

Free expression is a basic human right that must be exercised in the face of oppression

By Aung San Suu Kyi, The Observer, Sunday 11 March 2012


Supporters listen to a speech delivered by Aung San Suu Kyi during her election campaign. Photograph: Khin Maung Win/AP

The gift of speech is the most effective instrument for human communication. The ability to communicate enables us to establish links across time and space, to learn to understand different civilisations and cultures, to extend knowledge both vertically and horizontally, to promote the arts and sciences. It also helps to bridge gaps in understanding between peoples and nations, to put an end to old enmities, to achieve detente, to cultivate new fellowships.

Speech allows human beings to articulate their thoughts and emotions. Words allow us to express our feelings, to record our experiences, to realise our ideas, to push outwards the frontiers of intellectual exploration. Words can move hearts, words can change perceptions, words can set nations and peoples in powerful motion. Words are an essential part of the expression of our humanness. To shackle freedom of speech and expression is to cripple the basic right to realise our full potential. Continue reading

Kingdom relieved after US internet law fails to pass
January 26, 2012, 9:26 am
Filed under: Free Speech

Kingdom relieved after US internet law fails to pass

by Brennan Stark, The Phnom Penh Post, Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The postponement of two US internet piracy bills last week was met with relief by human rights and media experts in Cambodia, who say the overreaching grasp of the proposed legislation would hinder the internet’s progress and growth in the Kingdom.

The US House of Representative’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) had aimed to require that internet providers block access to websites accused of piracy and would criminalise the unlawful streaming of copyrighted material by domestic or foreign websites.

Mike Gaertner, chief operating officer of Phnom Penh-based CIDC Information Technology, said the proposed measures would hurt only the US market in the long run. Continue reading

Prime Minister Renews Attacks on US Broadcasters
November 29, 2011, 10:09 am
Filed under: Press Freedom

Prime Minister Renews Attacks on US Broadcasters

Kong Sothanarith, VOA Khmer, Monday, 28 November 2011


In recent month, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has made a number of public speeches against broadcasters VOA Khmer and Radio Free Asia for critical coverage of his government.

“Go ahead, broadcast my speeches,” he said at a ceremony to inaugurate a bridge in Kampot province earlier this month.

He asked the crowd to point out the RFA reporter present. “Go ahead, insult me,” he said. “I won because you insulted me. The more you insult, the more you make a mistake.” Continue reading

Cambodian Journalists Still Face More Challenges
October 15, 2011, 3:00 am
Filed under: Commentary

Cambodian Journalists Still Face More Challenges

Moeun Chhean Nariddh’s Letter to the editor, The Phnom Penh Post Khmer, 14 October 2011


Dear editor,

I am very interested in reading about the assessment by the Phnom Penh Post’s Publisher of the media situation in Cambodia in the article “The Post: Society Looking Glass,” October 11.

First, I must congratulate the Post on its turning point to make profits in the media business in Cambodia after four years of heavy losses.

The Post’s success has proved that it is not only a professional newspaper, but it also has a sound business strategy to win the support of readers and advertisers in Cambodia’s competitive media business environment.

However, not many Cambodian newspapers have been as successful. Regardless of their sizes, only a handful of the 398 newspapers registered at the Ministry of Information have become relatively successful and been able to continue their publications. Hundreds of other newspapers became bankrupt less than a year into the media business. Continue reading

The Phnom Penh Post: Society’s Looking Glass
October 12, 2011, 4:31 am
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The Phnom Penh Post: Society’s Looking Glass

by Stuart Alan Becker, Tuesday, 11 October 2011
ONE of the most colourful characters in Cambodia’s publishing industry is Australian Ross Dunkley, 54, the publisher of both The Phnom Penh Post and The Myanmar Times.

Dunkley has sailed with Rupert Murdoch, smoked cigars with Robert DeNiro, watched Francis Ford Copp-ola speak on the telephone in Hanoi, joked with Vaclav Havel and received encouragement from United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon on an aircraft out of Myanmar.

Here in Phnom Penh, he is on the verge of pushing  The Phnom Penh Post into profit-ability following more than four years of losses.

“What people don’t acknowledge enough is that Cambodia has the freest media market in Asia,’’ Dunkley says. Continue reading

Three Cambodian Journalists Jailed Over Five Dollars
October 2, 2011, 3:49 am
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