Phnom Penh, 3 May 2023 (TDI): Under the nation’s Constitution and Press Law, Prime Minister Hun Sen emphasized the Royal Government’s continuous dedication to defending free speech and press freedom.

Cambodia’s media industry has proudly developed due to this dedication, according to Hun Sen’s message on World Press Freedom Day on May 3.

Still, the caliber and accountability of journalists must be considered despite this development and the substantial number of news organizations and reporters in the nation today.

According to him, the media is a two-edged sword that contributes to national prosperity through journalists’ involvement in political stability, peacekeeping, and national development.

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It can also cause social unrest by disseminating false information, fake news, and provocative information produced by a few opportunists masquerading as journalists, which can harm the nation’s interests and dignitaries.

In addition, the Prime Minister thanked all media outlets and journalists for their dedication in the face of the COVID-19 situation and the broader political and economic crises.

“Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom to express oneself as a driving force of other human rights” is the theme chosen for this year’s World Press Freedom Day celebration.

In addition to these reforms, the Cambodian government has also made efforts to engage with journalists and media organizations to promote more excellent dialogue and understanding.
In 2019, for example, the government held a series of consultations with media representatives to discuss issues such as press freedom and the role of journalism in society.
Despite these positive developments, some observers still have concerns about the state of press freedom in Cambodia.
For example, some critics have noted that the government still controls the country’s media landscape and that journalists have been targeted for reporting on sensitive issues.
However, the Cambodian government seems committed to improving press freedom and promoting a more transparent media environment.
While there is still work to be done, the progress made in recent years is a hopeful sign for the future of journalism in Cambodia.