Cambodia Morning News For May 12

Cambodia Morning News For May 12

Cambodia morning news

Belt and Road Initiative gives hope to developing countries in infrastructure development: Cambodian PM
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Thursday that the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative gives hope to developing countries in their infrastructure development.
– Ecns.cn

Hun Sen Hijacks Forum Session to Scold Media
Prime Minister Hun Sen used a news conference at Thursday’s World Economic Forum on Asean in Phnom Penh to warn that two foreign-owned news outlets, including The Cambodia Daily, were “against” the government and that journalists who did not report “properly” would be seen as “servants of foreigners.”
– The Cambodia Daily

What’s next for Cambodia’s condos?
CBRE Cambodia estimates that condominium supply in Phnom Penh alone currently stands at 4,253 units and will reach 38,920 units by the end of 2019, representing a 9 fold increase.
– The Phnom Penh Post

US human rights drift as Cambodia suffers crackdown
As a political crackdown intensifies in Cambodia ahead of elections, critics of veteran strongman Hun Sen fear a change in US priorities under President Donald Trump will reduce pressure to respect human rights.
– Bangkok Post

CNRP Lawmaker Requests Explanation for Regional Trade Deficit
The opposition CNRP is asking the commerce minister to answer questions about the country’s trade deficit with Thailand and Vietnam.
– The Cambodia Daily

Head of Cambodian mine action Centre echoes PM’s warning of unrest
Government official Heng Ratana took to Facebook yesterday, reminding the public that Cambodia has enjoyed “unprecedented” peace, and drawing a sharp contrast with countries like Central African Republic, where four Cambodian UN peacekeepers were killed this week.
– The Phnom Penh Post

Mineral exploration permits offered for protected Prey Lang
One of four new mining exploration permits, advertised publicly this week, is within the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary map, coordinates reveal, sparking concern among activists and community members about the strength of the forest’s recently-acquired protected status.
– The Phnom Penh Post

DUTCH EMBASSY HELPS GAY COUPLE GET PASSPORT FOR BABY BORN TO CAMBODIAN SURROGATE: REPORT
The Dutch embassy in Singapore recently helped a Dutch gay couple get a passport for their baby born to a Cambodian surrogate, after Cambodia made commercial surrogacy illegal, the Volkskrant reports.
– NLTimes.nl

PM uses WEF to lecture the press
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday used an international business forum to duck questions asked by two local media outlets – Radio Free Asia and the Cambodia Daily – only to go on to lecture them on correctly interpreting his words in their news reports and calling them anti-government outlets.
– The Phnom Penh Post

 

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John Le Fevre

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John is an Australian national with more than 35 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer and copy editor. He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia. He has covered major world events including the 1991 pillage riots in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010 and 2014 Bangkok political protests. In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak. Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post.

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