Cambodia Morning News For May 4

Cambodia Morning News For May 4

Cambodia morning newsHun Sen fourthmost ‘liked’ leader: report
A new report revealed on Wednesday that Prime Minister Hun Sen is the fourth most followed head of state on Facebook, with more fans than there are Cambodian Facebook users – news that comes just days after a US court suggested it would oblige the social media giant to disclose data on the premier’s “likes”.
— The Nation

As Cambodia Marks Press Freedom Day, Journalists Fear Increasing Restrictions
As the world celebrated Press Freedom Day on Thursday, the mood among Cambodian journalists was subdued following a months-long crackdown on dissent in the media.
— VOA Cambodia

National Road 5 to become ‘Asean highway’: Minister
The extension of National Road 5, which links Phnom Penh to Banteay Meanchey Province in the border with Thailand, is part of a larger, Asean-wide project to connect the kingdom with Thailand, Myanmar, and, ultimately, China, the Minister of Transport said on Wednesday.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia sends 428 troops to Mali, South Sudan for UN peacekeeping missions
Cambodia on Thursday dispatched 428 peacekeepers, including 24 females, to join United Nations peacekeeping missions in the African nations of Mali and South Sudan.
— Xinhua

Real estate sector tackles financial crimes
Aiming to enhance transparency in the real estate sector, the Cambodian Financial Intelligence Unit and the General Department of Cadastre and Geography on Wednesday signed an agreement on combatting terrorism financing and money laundering by enhancing the exchange of information.
— Khmer Times

Labour will face threats from tech, says ADB
Experts from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) warned of disruption in the labour market due to technological advances at the bank’s annual meeting in Manila on Thursday, though officials also noted that Cambodia had several programs in place to help mitigate any negative consequences.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Property sector buoyant despite looming elections
With the general elections looming, real estate sector insiders yesterday dismissed the possibility of a downturn in the industry due to political instability, arguing that the outlook for the property market remains strong.
— Khmer Times

Another Cambodian opposition party boycotts election
Another Cambodian opposition party announced on Thursday that it will boycott the July general election, saying it will not be free and fair.
— Bangkok Post

Workers Reduced to ‘Slaves’ Amid Rampant Debt Bondage in Cambodia’s Brick Sector
Brick workers in southeastern Cambodia’s Kandal province are selling themselves and their families into slavery as “collateral” for debts they owe to factory owners, which can never be repaid due to the seasonal nature of their work, according to sources.
— Radio Free Asia

Poor Squeezed, Democracy Never Rooted in Cambodia, Chandler Says
You are one of the most respected historians studying Cambodia. If you were to write another history book about Cambodia, how would you describe the current Cambodian situation?
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodia PM Hun Sen’s Nephew Jailed Following Whirlwind Shooting Trial
A court in Cambodia has sentenced Hun Chea, a nephew of Prime Minister Hun Sen, to 18 months in prison following a whirlwind trial that took place on the same day he was arrested for firing a gun during a domestic dispute.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia to host next CLMV-India gathering
This year’s edition of the prestigious India-CLMV Business Conclave will take place in Cambodia during the month of May.
— Khmer Times

Lack of female journalists in Kingdom has far-reaching effects, report says
Women journalists in Cambodia are underrepresented in their profession, face pressures from family to stay out of the industry and are at risk of sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a new study released on Thursday, coinciding with World Press Freedom Day.
— The Phnom Penh Post

New site aims to mentor youth
Since he was a university student, Ou Ritthy has been an advocate for qualities that Cambodian politics generally lack – in his own words, “dialogue, political debate, policy debate and tolerance”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

 

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