This quarterly report from CamboJA is part of our ongoing efforts to monitor and advocate for press freedom in Cambodia. It includes brief summaries of incidents and news updates related to press freedom and freedom of expression of journalists from January – March 2023.
One major development this quarter is the Prime Minister Hun Sen’s decision to shut down Voice of Democracy (VOD), which is among the country’s only local independent media outlets. Besides VOD, at least 4 other digital news outlets had their licenses revoked by the Information Ministry during this quarter.
Looking at journalists’ safety from three dimensions — physical, digital, and legal safety — CamboJA recorded at least 8 incidents of harassment against journalists, including one sexual harassment case against female VOD reporter and hostility against VOD journalists after their newsroom was shut down.
Also in this report, we have compiled some key updates concerning the media environment this quarter.