Cambodian Association for Protection of Journalists
World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the globe every year on May 3rd, an opportunity to commemorate the fundamental principles of press freedom and to commemorate the journalists who have been jailed or killed in the line of duty. 2010’s World Press Freedom topic is “Freedom of Information: The Right to Know”.
On this occasion, Cambodian Association for Protection of Journalists (CAPJ) would like to push the Cambodian government and all related institutions to facilitate access for journalists and allow them to cover the news freely, without discrimination against any particular institution. CAPJ strongly believes that protecting access to information allows facilitates dialogue between state institutions, the private sector and the public - a vital contribution to democratic governance.
To promote freedom of information, CAPJ insists that all state institutions and private companies should have dedicated spokespersons who are available to the media. Whistle-blowers and others who provide information in the public interest should be protected, and journalists should be ethical and unbiased in their coverage of this information.
CAPJ takes this opportunity to welcome the release from jail of Mr. Hang Chakra, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Khmer Machas Srok newspaper, on April 13. CAPJ requests that relevant institutions, especially judicial institutions, use the Press Law in cases involving complaints filed against members of the media in the course of their work. CAPJ also implores the government to intervene in the case of Mr. Ros Sokhet. Currently, he is incarcerated at Prey Sar prison due to a defamation conviction. He should be released to demonstrate clearly that Cambodia respects freedom of expression.
Phnom Penh, May 2, 2010
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