(Phnom Penh): Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered Ministry of Information, Ministry of Post and Telecommunication and related institution to work together to amend and synchronize three laws simultaneously and complete them in the 6ht mandate of government.
Speaking before roughly 5,000 journalists and government officials for the 3rd Media Correspondents’ Meeting at Koh Pich Conference Hall on the evening of January 2019, premier Hun Sen said that Cambodia has already Press Law since 1995 and now two draft laws—Access to information and Cyber law, have been under process of drafting so the three laws shall be amended and synchronize simultaneously, but not to censor media in dictatorship way.
Huy Vannak, Director for Union of Journalist Federations of Cambodia (UJFC), supported premier’s stance on synchronization the three laws simultaneously especially the proposed amendment of 1995 Press Law.
Mr. Vannak said that he, on behalf of JFC, submitted a request with Ministry of Information last year requesting for the amending of the 1995 Press Law because the law was written in reflection to social trend at that time. But for modern life with advance technology, the print has been developed from traditional print media to online media so the Press law shall be amended.
“We also support the government leader that motivate the relevant institution to complete drafting laws on Cyber law to prevent poisoning news, to protect financial protection and national security,” said Mr. Vannak, adding that, “We, on behalf of Union of Journalist Fedration of Cambodia supports for the establishment of the three laws to be synchronized especially cyber law is a good one to fight against fake news and to strengthen financial and national securities.”