Cambodia Morning News For March 8

Cambodia Morning News For March 8

Welcome to the Cambodia morning news roundup by AEC News Today, your one stop for Cambodia news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities.


Cambodia morning news

Heineken cracks open a new local beer production facility
Cambodia Brewery Ltd (CBL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Heineken Asia-Pacific, inaugurated its second brewery plant on the eastern outskirts of the capital yesterday, tripling its beer production capacity and opening a new line to produce its Dutch parent company’s flagship lager, Heineken.
The Phnom Penh Post

UN defence of free press comes amid gov’t threats
The UN’s human rights body came out against so-called “fake news” while staunchly defending freedom of the press yesterday, in a message seemingly aimed at the administrations of Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump – albeit one that resonates in Cambodia after recent government statements.
The Phnom Penh Post

Nordic Nations Eye Investment In Cambodia
Companies from Europe’s frigid north are taking steps toward moving into the fish and environmental industries in Cambodia’s warmer climes.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

City Hall Bans Garment Workers From Marking Women’s Day
Phnom Penh City Hall has rejected a request for an International Women’s Day celebration for the country’s majority-female garment factory workers at Wat Phnom today, though Prime Minister Hun Sen is set to mark the occasion with a speech.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

City Hall Officials to Go on Trial Over Graft Claims
Two City Hall officials were on Wednesday arrested on corruption charges after evidence was uncovered leading to allegations that they had misappropriated public funds.

Hollywood Comes to Cambodia
Angelina Jolie and Netflix bring the story of the Khmer Rouge back to Cambodia and let Cambodians tell it.
The Diplomat

Cambodia’s Ruling Party Threatens Lawsuit Over Opposition Slogan
Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) has threatened the opposition with legal action for suggesting a ruling party commune chief has neglected the interests of his constituents ahead of local elections in June.
Radio Free Asia

The tangled web: how leaks, lies and fake news took over Cambodian politics
As social media becomes the number one news source for young Cambodians, the spectre of ‘fake news’ is haunting a nation whose politics is wracked by rumour and ridicule.
Southeast Asia Globe

In Leaked Recording, Hun Sen Seeks to Divide Opposition, Admits Influence on Courts
Leaked phone recordings purporting to be back-door discussions between Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Kem Sokha are authentic, the premier said this week.

Q&A: Robert H. Lieberman, Director of ‘Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia’
“Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia” is an emotional film chronicling Cambodian history from ancient times up to the present.

CNRP: slogan shall remain
Opposition officials said yesterday that they would not bow to pressure and change a catchy campaign slogan after the ruling Cambodian People’s Party threatened legal action, calling the catchphrase “incitement”.
The Phnom Penh Post

China to donate new infectious disease lab
Cambodia and China inked a deal yesterday to build a new communicable disease control facility in the Kingdom for the country to expand its capacity to detect and respond to communicable disease outbreaks, such as Zika and Ebola, in a timely fashion.
The Phnom Penh Post

Years of Leaks Leave Few Clear Winners
A little over a week had gone by since recordings were leaked of Prime Minister Hun Sen advising Kem Sokha—then head of the Human Rights Party—to poach members of the rival Sam Rainsy Party (SRP).
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Arresting Dealers Remains a Challenge, Anti-Drug Chief Says
From private establishments that permit drug use to police officers involved in the drug trade tipping off dealers, landing major traffickers is proving harder than ever, the nation’s top anti-drug czar said on Tuesday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodia drug arrests reach nearly 5,000
Cambodian authorities have arrested more than 4,800 people in a two-month-old campaign against drugs and that number could more than double, the country’s drug czar said on Tuesday.



Feature photo: Sasin Tipchai



The Cambodia morning news roundup is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.


Note: Effective March 6, 2017 AEC News Today will no longer cite The Khmer Times due to poor credibility, probity, and governance.




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