The Media in Cambodia

Authored by: Sebastian Strangio

The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138831186
eBook ISBN: 9781315736709
Adobe ISBN: 9781317567837

10.4324/9781315736709.ch6

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Abstract

At first glance, the Cambodian media landscape seems like one of the freest in Asia. Unlike neighboring countries like Vietnam, Laos, China, and Myanmar, Cambodia has relatively few formal restrictions on the press, and pre-publication censorship by the state is rare. Unlike Thailand, which levies harsh penalties on those breaching its notorious lèse-majesté laws, Cambodia jails few reporters or bloggers. For more than 20 years, the country has even had two English-language newspapers, the Phnom Penh Post and Cambodia Daily, which publish hard-hitting reports on sensitive issues like government corruption, political violence, and illegal logging, with little reprisal. Foreign journalists are able to live and work in Cambodia without formal hindrance, as are human rights monitors and other researchers.

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