July 1, 2013
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Cambodian affiliates
welcomes the Cambodian Government reversal of a ban on foreign media content being
broadcast in the lead up to the Cambodian general election next month.
directive which banned foreign content was issued on 25 June 2013 and stated
that any local stations found in violation of the directive would face legal
Cambodian Government originally claimed that the directive was issued as foreign
reports were not neutral and were therefore playing an active role in the
The Cambodia Peoples Party (CPP) are intolerant to criticism and have dominated the media
leading up to the July 28 election. The directive was viewed by the international
community and Cambodian public as another setback to media freedom. Recent threats made against media, the arrest
of radio broadcaster Mam Sonando and the government’s decision to strip members
of the opposition party of their parliamentarian status are preventing
Cambodian civilians from participating in their own democracy.
International Federation of Journalists welcomes the recent announcement with
caution and demands the Government of Cambodia to allow independent media to report
freely in the lead up to the General Election.
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