Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM)
Enhance Good Governance by Promoting Independent Media

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ccim-demands-justice-for-injured-journalistCCIM demands justice for injured journalist The legal team for the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) last week filed a letter with the Phnom Penh Municipal Court asking the judiciary to proceed with the organization's case on behalf of a VOD journalist who was brutally assaulted by district security forces in May. Though the organization originally filed suit on May 28, 2014, the court has yet to take significant action in the case. CCIM was summoned to provide explanation and evidence...Read More
24/08/2014140
cjs-need-foiPress ReleaseAug. 21, 2014, Phnom Penh Citizen Journalists Need More Freedom To Information Cambodian citizen journalists face continued intimidation from local authorities as they attempt to report on human rights abuses, they reported at a gathering of amateur reporters from across the country held in Phnom Penh on Wednesday.“Some (loggers) and military (officials) tried to beat me because I was covering deforestation in Kon Domrey Village, Samrong District in Ratanak Rukha community forest,”...Read More
21/08/2014230
ccim-clec-launch-cj-networkPress ReleaseAug. 19, 2014, Phnom Penh CCIM and CLEC launch Cambodia’s first Citizen Journalism Network As government control and influence over the majority of Cambodia’s mainstream, local- language media continues to restrict the flow of information to the public, a new trend is emerging, bypassing traditional media gatekeepers and turning everyday citizens  into journalists. These “citizen journalists” (CJs) are  rapidly changing the country’s media landscape, bringing forward first-hand...Read More
19/08/2014260
annual-report-20132013 was an inspiring year for CCIM, as it underscored the importance of the media’s role in Cambodia – especially that of social media. Throughout the year, Voice of Democracy (VOD) reported on many significant events, such as human rights violations and the pre- and post-election protests and political maneuvers. But even in the midst of these critically newsworthy events, the government kept firm control over the country’s media outlets, with only a few independent radio programs managing to...Read More
01/08/20141610
ccim-vod-thank-audience-donors-for-support-of-injured-reporterUpdateJune 5, 2014, Phnom Penh CCIM, VOD thank audience, donors for support of injured reporter The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) and VOD would like to thank our loyal audience members, our civil society partners and the many others that have come to the assistance of injured VOD reporter Lay Samean, who was seriously injured in an attack by Khan Daun Penh security guards on May 2. CCIM is incredibly grateful to the many individuals and organizations that have offered both...Read More
05/06/20144060
statement-by-sameanOfficial StatementMay 28, 2014, Phnom Penh     Official Statement by VOD Reporter Lay Samean I think that by now, most of you know what happened to me as I was trying to cover an election rally on May 2. You’ve heard how six to ten security guards began chasing me as I was photographing the election march. It’s been well reported how they kicked me and hit me with batons in the head, face, hands and stomach and left me unconscious in thestreet. It took three skilled surgeons in Bangkok to fix the...Read More
05/06/20144340
statement-by-ccim-edOfficial StatementMay 28, 2014, Phnom Penh Official Statement by CCIM Executive Director Pa Ngoun Teang This morning, the Cambodian Center for Independent Media filed a lawsuit with the Phnom Penh Municipal Court accusing the Phnom Penh Governor, the Daun Penh District Governor and the Deputy Daun Penh District Governor with instigation in in the May 2 assault on VOD reporter Lay Samean.On that day, Samean was brutally assaulted by Daun Penh district security guards as he attempted to cover an...Read More
05/06/20143780
ccim-rsf-call-for-more-details-in-tvk-resignationPress ReleaseMay 21, 2014, Phnom Penh CCIM, RSF call for more details in TVK resignation   The Cambodian Center for Independent Media and Reporters Without Borders call on the Ministry of Information to release full details regarding the resignation of TVK Director- general Kem Gunawadh. The timing of Gunawadh's resignation, just days after TVK ran a CNRP political ad showing footage of government crackdowns on protestors, is highly suspect and points to a potential political motivation behind...Read More
21/05/20146500
ccim-requests-investigation-in-open-letters-to-city-mojPress ReleaseMay 29, 2014 CCIM requests investigation in open letters to city, MOJ The Cambodian Center for Independent Media is releasing for publication two open letters sent to the Phnom Penh Governor and the Ministry of Justice last week requesting a formal investigation into the attack on Voice of Democracy reporter Lay Samean.Samean sustained serious injuries to his face and abdomen when Khan Daun Penh security guards attacked him as he attempted to cover an election march on May 2. The VOD...Read More
20/05/20144000
open-letter-to-minister-of-justiceOpen LetterToHis Excellency Ang Vong Vathana Minister of Justice Objective: To call for an investigation into the case of violent attack on VOD reporter Lay Samean by Daun Penh security forces on May 2, 2014Regarding the above request, the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) would like to inform that:During a crackdown on a march by CNRP supporters on Friday, May 5, 2014, Khan Daun Penh security guards brutally assaulted Voice of Democracy journalist Lay Samean as he attempted to document...Read More
20/05/20144310
open-letter-to-governorOpen LetterToHis Excellency Pa Socheatavong, Governor of Governing Body of PP Objective: To call for an intervention into the violent attack on VOD reporter Lay Samean by Daun Penh security forces on May 2, 2014 Regarding the above request, the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) would like to inform that:During a crackdown on a march by CNRP supporters on Friday, May 5, 2014, Khan Daun Penh security guards brutally assaulted Voice of Democracy journalist Lay Samean as he attempted to...Read More
20/05/20144210
ccim-condemns-beating-of-vod-reporterPress ReleaseMay 2, 2014, Phnom Penh CCIM condemns beating of VOD reporter, calls for investigation Voice  of Democracy  reporter  Lay Samean  remains  hospitalized  this evening  for injuries sustained  when he was severely  beaten  by security  forces  during  an election  campaign march in Phnom Penh today. The Cambodian Center for Independent Media and Reporters Without Borders condemn this act of violence in the strongest terms possible and calls on city  officials  to  launch  an  immediate ...Read More
02/05/201412780
ccim-to-unveil-independent-online-tvPhnom Penh, April 30, 2014   CCIM to unveil independent online TV programming with EU support Recent protests over TV licensing in Cambodia have revealed just how tightly controlled the Kingdom’s broadcast media really is. Starting this Friday, May 2, the Cambodian Center for Independent Media, with the generous assistance of the European Union, will make an important stride toward the creation of a truly independent Cambodian news media with the launch of Voice of Democracy Online TV (VOD...Read More
30/04/20145470
garment-workers-train-as-reporters Garment workers train as reporters for new CCIM project April 28 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, or injured in the line of work. In Cambodia, the health and safety of workers is particularly at stake in the garment sector, where workers earn meager wages despite long hours and overtime, resulting in health and safety problems ranging from rampant malnutrition to mass fainting incidents. Despite widespread...Read More
28/04/20146330
repeated-attacks-on-journalists-unacceptableThe violent attack by authorities against journalists covering events at Freedom Park on April 21 is yet another indication of the government’s continued unwillingness to respect the freedoms of expression, assembly and information enshrined in the Cambodian constitution. The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) condemn this attack and all forms of violence against journalists and calls for an immediate halt to...Read More
25/04/20145000
access-to-information-at-root-of-media-conflictsPress Release April 11, 2014, Phnom Penh   Access to Information at Root of Media Conflicts Despite the Ministry of Information’s renewed commitment to pass an Access to Information (A2I) Law within the next three years, the violent crackdown on independent broadcaster Mam Sonando’s protest last week demonstrates that the government’s commitment on this front is faltering, becoming a concern for civil society. The continued lack of transparency within the Ministry of Information regarding radio...Read More
11/04/20146470
debate-to-assess-impact-of-asean-integration-on-cambodian-labour                                                                Press Release March 26, 2014, Phnom Penh   Debate to assess impact of ASEAN integration on Cambodian labour As the 2015 ASEAN economic integration approaches, concerns over labour movement continue to grow among the citizens of its members, and especially Cambodia, which remains one of the region’s least-developed members, struggling to compete on the regional stage. In addition, the free-flow of labour promised by integration will...Read More
26/03/201410630
ccim-findings-on-ne-investigation                                                                                       Press Release  Feb. 26, 2014, Phnom Penh    CCIM to release final findings on National Election investigation   The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) will release its final findings on the 2013 National Elections during an open workshop at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Imperial Garden Villa & Hotel in Phnom Penh. The findings are the culmination of a one-year project funded by SIDA, the...Read More
26/02/20147130
sentencing-of-facebook-user Press Release Feb. 17, 2014, Phnom Penh   Sentencing of Facebook user a Threat to Internet Freedom    The sentencing of a Phnom Penh beauty parlor owner in an online defamation suit February 6 is a troubling development for Internet freedom and freedom of speech  in Cambodia.  Duong  Solida  was fined  2 million  riel ($500)  and ordered to pay $1,250 in compensation  in the defamation  suit brought by another beauty parlor owner whom she accused on Facebook of stealing her employees. The...Read More
17/02/20147170
ccim-celebrates-women-s-empowerment-for-world-radio-day Cambodian Center for Independent Media       #14A, St 392, Sangkat Beoung Keng Kang I       Khan ChamkarMon, Phnom Penh       Kingdom of Cambodia       Tel (855)23726 845 Fax (855)23726 843       www.vodhotnews.com; www.ccimcambodia.org       Press Release  13 February 2014, Phnom Penh   CCIM Celebrates Women’s Empowerment for World Radio Day   The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) will celebrate World Radio Day on Feb. 13, focusing on the role radio plays in empowering Cambodians...Read More
13/02/20146870
ccim-demands-justice-for-slain-journalists Press Release3 February 2014, Phnom Penh CCIM demands justice for slain journalists Just days after the United Nations offered a critical review of Cambodia’s human rights record during the country’s Universal Periodic Review, yet another Cambodian journalist was murdered for reporting the news. Suon Chan became the 12th journalist to be killed in Cambodia during the past two decades when he was beaten to death on Saturday in retaliation for his reporting on illegal fishing in Kampog Chhnang,...Read More
03/02/20149660
interview-with-iriQ&A: Jessica Keegan, Resident Country Director of IRI, on recent survey The poll finds that 55 percent of respondents still think the country is headed in the right direction, which represents a 24 point drop from the number who felt that way less than one year ago, and is the lowest figure since IRI started polling in Cambodia in 2006, according to the International Republican Institute’s survey. The poll also shows that among the main factors in deciding which party to support in the July...Read More
30/01/20148270
gov-t-crackdown-on-sonando-rally Press Release28 January 2014, Phnom Penh   Government crackdown on Sonando rally an attack on free expression   The use of police violence to break up a rally in support of independent radio broadcaster Mom Sonando yesterday is another demonstration of the Cambodian government’s increasing disregard for freedom of expression.“The government’s ban on public assembly and subsequent violent crackdowns on peaceful gatherings violate our citizens’ most basic human rights to freedom of expression,”...Read More
28/01/20148060
un-special-rapporteur-political-reconciliationFriday, January 17, 2014 Media ReleaeUnited Nations Special Rapporteur states the only way forward and change is through political reconciliation  On January 16th, VOD (Voice of Democracy) reporters spoke to United Nations Special Rapporteur Surya P. Subedi about the human rights situation in Cambodia, saying that political reconciliation is the only way forward.His tenth fact-finding mission marks his first visit to Cambodia since the July 2013 elections. His visit was not initiated by the...Read More
17/01/20148260
vod-looks-at-11-years-of-broadcasting      VOD LOOKS AT 11 YEARS OF BROADCASTING January 2003 – January 2014 In 2014, VOD (Voice of Democracy Radio) celebrated 11 years of broadcasting. When it first opened on January 16th,2003, the radio was operatingunder the umbrella ofthe Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) to promote itsactivities, educate the public about human rights and advocate for freedom of expression in Cambodia.But media was then driven by fear and almost none was producing political sensitive programs and...Read More
02/01/20149170
job Re-advertisement - Call for Proposals: Organizational and Program Evaluation The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) is the only organization in Cambodia seeking to promote freedom of expression and access to information both as a news media outlet and as an implementor of community projects and advocacy. CCIM is re-advertising a call for a professional evaluator to conduct an assessment of its organization and program activities from 2012-2014. Timeframe: 20 working daysPeriod to be...Read More
11/12/201367594
raising-voices-after-the-national-assembly-elections Cambodian Center for Independent Media CONTACT: Ms. Chan Somaly, CCIM communication officer, Project managerPhone: 060 419 888Email: somaly.ng@vodhotnews.com     26th, November, 2013   MEDIA RELEASERaising Voices after the National Assembly Elections On November 27th, the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) will organise a half-day conference in Phnom Penh to issue recommendations to the NEC and release the findings of two investigative reports. The conference will start at...Read More
26/11/20139590
justice-for-journalists MEDIA RELEASE     November 21st, 2013 The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) The Community Legal Education Center (CLEC) The Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)   "JUSTICE FOR JOURNALISTS" Vigil to end impunity against journalists in Cambodia We, the undersigned organizations, are organizing a vigil starting at 5:30 PM at the Olympic Stadium on November 21st, 2013 to ask for...Read More
20/11/201310610
ccim-strategic-management-plan-2014-2016Developing independent media in Cambodia is a challenging and risky task. The political environment is not conducive to such activities. In fact, the executive power controls all democratic mechanisms, including key institutions as the National Assembly and the justice system. Human rights groups described 2012 as the worst year ever for journalists and media practitioners. On July the 15th, 2012, Mr Man Sonando, owner and Director of Beehive Radio considered as “one of Cambodia’s few independent...Read More
08/11/201317560
joint-statement-civil-society-delegates-2013-igfFor English | Chinese (Traditional, Simplified) | Spanish ថ្ងៃទី២៥ ខែតុលា ឆ្នាំ២០១៣ ហ្វ្រីឌឹមហៅស៍ (Freedom House) បានដឹកនាំគណៈប្រតិភូនៃតំណាងក្រុមអង្គការសង្គមស៊ីវិល និងសកម្មជន ដែលធ្វើការលើប្រព័ន្ធអ៊ីនធឺណិត មកពីជុំវិញពិភពលោក ទៅកាន់កោះបាលីប្រទេសឥណ្ឌូនេស៊ី ដើម្បីចូលរួមវេទិកាអភិបាលកិច្ចអ៊ិនធឺណិត លើកទី ៨ (IGF) ជាសន្និសីទមួយដែលអង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិរៀបចំឡើងសម្រាប់ពិភាក្សាអំពីគោលនយោបាយអ៊ិនធឺណិតជាសកល។ ក្នុងសន្និសីទនេះ មានអង្គការចំនួន ១៧ និងបុគ្គលមួយចំនួនបានចុះហត្ថលេខាលើសេចក្តីថ្លែងការណ៍រួមគ្នាមួយ...Read More
30/10/201312350
political-elite-must-guarantee-media-freedom-in-cambodiaThe Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM), together with its partners CIMS, COMFREL, SEAPA, as well as Cambodian journalists, bloggers and social media activists, and NGOs activists joining in the Reflection Forum on Cambodian election 2013, call on the Cambodian political elite in power to guarantee the inalienable rights of Cambodian people, particularly the rights to media freedom and freedom of expression. Such rights are affirmed on Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration...Read More
16/10/201311990
vod-media-hits-new-landmarkមជ្ឈមណ្ឌលកម្ពុជាដើម្បីប្រព័ន្ឋផ្សព្វផ្សាយឯករាជ្យ Cambodian Center for Independent Media House 14A street 392 – Phnom Penh T – 023-726 842 E – info@ccimcambodia.org   1st, October, 2013 Phnom Penh VOD Media Hits New Landmark   In September 2013, the VOD news website (www.vodhotnews.com) hit a new landmark by passing the 10,000 visitors per day milestone. VOD is the first and only national independent media network in Cambodia providing live and impartial news and analysis, both online and...Read More
01/10/201313420
cambodia-s-government-and-donors-must-act-nowGravely concerned at the Cambodian authorities’ repeated use of excessive force to prevent and suppress the people’s exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, the undersigned non-governmental organizations call on the Cambodian and foreign governments to take immediate action to prevent the human rights situation from deteriorating further.  Yesterday, 23 September, King Norodom Sihamoni convened the National Assembly in the country’s capital Phnom Penh, despite a...Read More
25/09/201312690
cambodian-journalists-learn-technical-to-report-on-climate-change14 Cambodian journalists, 4 as women who are working with local media learn how to report deeper on climate change. This three days training, 21 – 23 August, 2013 at Hagar Catering Restaurant, Phnom Penh, organizes by Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) funded by DAC/CA. The purpose of the training is to improve journalist’s knowledge of climate change issues, particularly their awareness of its technical aspects and their ability to support the advocacy works of CSOs through...Read More
23/09/201314150
un-human-rights-council-universal-periodic-reviewREPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS (RSF) Reporters sans frontières The CAMBODIAN CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT MEDIA (CCIM) UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review     Written submission by Reporters Without Borders and the Cambodian Center for Independent Media on the state of freedom of expression and access to information in CAMBODIA   A - Overview of the press freedom situation and access to information Ranked 143rdout of 179 countries in the 2013 World Press Freedom Index of Reporters...Read More
19/09/201326260
indiscriminate-police-brutality-and-deathWe, the undersigned organizations, condemn in the strongest terms the indiscriminate police brutality last night that left one young person dead and several more injured when armed forces were given the green light to use live ammunition in a crowd of commuters, local residents and demonstrators. After a largely peaceful day of demonstrations marking the first day of a planned three-day protest by opposition party CNRP, tensions escalated late on Sunday night. Barbed wire barricades had cut off...Read More
17/09/201312610
murder-of-journalists-continues-to-go-unpunished-in-cambodia មជ្ឈមណ្ឌលកម្ពុជាដើម្បីប្រព័ន្ឋផ្សព្វផ្សាយឯករាជ្យ Cambodian Center for Independent Media House 14A street 392 – Phnom Penh T – 023-726 842 E – info@ccimcambodia.org   11st, September, 2013 Phnom Penh Murder of Journalists Continues to go Unpunished in Cambodia    The Cambodia Center for Independent Media (CCIM) and Reporters Without Borders (RWB) are deeply concerned about the climate of intimidation and violence facing journalists in Cambodia, which is leading to increasing...Read More
11/09/201311670
special-initiative-for-democratisation-and-freedom-of-expression Promoting Investigative and Independent Reporting to Improve Electoral Process On Thursday 22nd August 2013, The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM), with the generous support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), conducted a forum in Battambang province to address a number of issues pertaining to freedom of expression following the national assembly elections in Cambodia. This was the fifth in a series of forums that have also been conducted in Phnom Penh,...Read More
10/09/201315780
ccim-citizen-journalism-training-august-2013On August 12-13, 2013, Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM) staff members completed a training workshop in Citizen Journalism conducted by Malaysiakini Program Director Maran Perianen, with a view to grow and develop their current citizen journalism program. During training, CCIM staff analysed various market models and platforms for citizen journalism, new technologies available, training and skill development methods, as well as identifying risks and issues in this field. Training was...Read More
04/09/201314720
town-hall-meetingDuring July 2013, The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) and Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) organized a series of town-hall meetings and training sessions in Phnom Penh and Mondulkiri Provinces to cover a number of issues pertaining to freedom of expression and the upcoming national assembly elections in Cambodia. http://www.ccimcambodia.org/press-release/57-preparing-the-media-in-cambodia-to-monitor-elections The meetings provided the opportunity for the public to express their...Read More
13/08/201312350
joint-statement-nec-needs-to-be-transparentបន្ទប់ស្ថានករណ៍នៃអង្គការ សមគមមិនមែនរដ្ឋាភិបាល មានការខកចិត្តជាខ្លាំងចំពោះជំហរ និងការសំរេចមិនច្បាស់លាស់របស់គណៈកម្មាធិការជាតិរៀបចំការបោះឆ្នោត (គ.ជ.ប) ដើម្បីធានាតម្លាភាពក្នុងការដោះស្រាយភាពមិនប្រក្រតីក្នុងដំណើរការបោះឆ្នោត...Read More
09/08/201310990
keep-media-free-unrestricted-access-to-social-media Media StatementKeep Media Free: Unrestricted Access to Social MediaAugust 7th, 2013 – We, the undersigned civil society groups, urge Metfone, an Internet service provider (ISP) registered and operating in Cambodia, to issue a full explanation of today’s temporary blocking of Facebook, as well as the ongoing unavailability of the Ki-Media website. Earlier this morning, at about 9 AM, Metfone users began to report that they were denied access to Facebook. The outage lasted for more than three...Read More
08/08/201310640
the-role-played-by-ccim-and-vodTHE CAMBODIAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY JULY 28TH, 2013ELECTIONSTHE ROLE PLAYED BY CCIM and VOD   Read More
26/07/201312190
joint-statement-pre-election-situationJoint Statement for Pre Election Situation in 2013 Read More
26/07/201311970
letter-to-special-rapporteurLetter to UN special rapporteur Suya Prased Subedi   Read More
25/07/201312180
ccim-launches-a-news-media-platformTo mark the launch of its news website, The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) will publish two online video and one online radio reports on July 24th 2013 as exclusive testimonies on the situation of the working conditions in the country, resulting from a yearlong investigation. Read More
23/07/201313470
preparing-the-media-in-cambodia-to-monitor-electionsSoutheast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), in cooperation with its Phnom Penh based partner the Cambodian Center for Independent Media CCIM, is organising a series of Town Hall Meetings and Journalists Trainings taking place in Phnom Penh and Mundulkiri provinces, from July 11th to 15th, 2013. Read More
10/07/201312300
we-all-need-voices-and-choices July 2, 2013 - We, the undersigned civil society organizations, welcome the government’s decision to rescind shocking measures issued last week to censor Cambodia’s local news media in the final weeks before the July 28 National Assembly elections, and condemn the decision ever to implement such measures. We remain deeply concerned about an order to ban foreign news reporting of election polling which will come into force five days before the vote.We condemn this ban in the strongest possible...Read More
02/07/201312740
ict-training-for-21-citizen-journalistsWell prepared of the citizen journalists to cover the election on 28th of July and the campaign that starting from 27th June to 26th July, were indicated as the main goal of the training on basic reporting on election. To ensure this will be done correctly, part of the training focused on what the journalists wanted to cover and different methods they could use. To provide the best possible outcome, CCIM gave each journalist with a smartphone and taught them how to use different apps to cover and...Read More
01/07/201314730
an-interview-with-the-british-ambassadorThis year, The British embassy celebrates its 60th anniversary in Cambodia. "The relationship between Cambodia and the United Kingdom has become a lot stronger over the years", says the British Ambassador, Mark Gooding. On the opening day of the national election campaign, two main topics are being discussed by representatives from CCIM and the British Ambassador at the British embassy in Phnom Penh. The first topic is the British-Cambodian relationship and how the United Kingdom is contributing to...Read More
28/06/201314960
improving-grassroots-participation-and-freedom-of-expression Cambodia is still suffering from the effects of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s and the ensuing years of civil strife. The legacy of these historical factors is manifold, but two major effects are the prevalence of a voiceless and fragmented civil society, unable or unwilling to speak up about basic rights, and the continuation of repressive or corrupt state systems. This is particularly noticeable in the constraints placed upon freedom of expression and media plurality in Cambodia....Read More
28/06/201328040
the-national-election-committee-should-be-more-responsible-to-ensure-the-free-and-fair-electionOn 27th June 2013, day of the launch of the official electoral campaign to elect Cambodian representatives at the National Assembly, CCIM is broadcasting two investigative reports showing that the National Election Committee in charge of organising the elections, should be more responsible to ensure the free and fair election. Read More
27/06/201313410
as-ccim-publishes-two-investigations-on-the-electoral-process-cambodian-citizens-ask-for-changeMonday June 24, 2013, a conference was held by the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) to “Voice the requests of citizens ahead of the National Assembly Elections”, in Phnom Penh. The conference was attended by political party representatives, the public and the media.   During the event, CCIM presented the findings and recommendations following two investigative reports and four community forums conducted by the organization into Cambodia’s election and voting processes. This was...Read More
27/06/201313560
twenty-four-citizen-journalists-from-12-provinces-trained-on-how-to-use-mobile-phone-reporting-electionsThe Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) will train twenty-four citizen journalists based in 12 provinces across Cambodia on how to use mobile technology to report about the national elections. During a five day training June 23rd to 27th, CCIM will provide them with mobile phones and techniques on journalistic skills and ethics to cover the election campaign and election day. Read More
21/06/201311560
press-release-access-to-informationThe United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Embassy of Sweden, Advocacy and Policy Institute (API), Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM), and United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) organized a national conference on Access to Information from 30-31 May 2013. Read More
31/05/201313320
annual-report-2012The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) is committed to a professional, independent, multi-platform approach to improving democracy and good governance in Cambodia. In 2012, this has been achieved through dissemination of information and the encouragement of a participative culture as well as through cooperation with many organisations with similar goals. During the past year, we were able to expand Voice of Democracy’s (VOD) reach through media alliances signing MoUs with various radio...Read More
30/05/201315770
ccim-ask-for-free-and-fai-election-in-cambodia      On May 17th 2013, the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) will organize a community forum in Phnom Penh to discuss the national election process and issues related to the National Elections Committee (NEC).       Read More
16/05/201312940
letter-to-prime-minister-hun-senOn 29th April, 2013 Cambodian Center for Independent Media(CCIM) submitted an open letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen to take any action on freedom and transparency of TV broadcasting in Cambodia.  Read More
02/05/201313600
challenges-for-independent-media-development-in-cambodia-report Created in 2007, the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) is an independent organization committed to using media production and capacity building as tools for promoting social justice and change. Its goal is to promote democratic governance by creating a pluralistic and independent media environment in Cambodia. Its primary medium for doing this is VOD radio, which is broadcast through the radio station Sarika FM in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and online through www.vodhotnews.com. CCIM...Read More
21/03/201322575
free-tomorrow-but-exposed-to-threat-from-suspended-sentence Interview with Pa Ngoun Teang, head of the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM). See video bellow : "Cambodia : what is the state of freedom of information ?" Radio journalist Mam Sonando will be free tomorrow morning after a Phnom Penh appeal court today quashed the 20-year jail sentence he received last October on charges of inciting an armed insurrection and usurping official functions, but gave him an eight-month jail term on a new charge of inciting illegal deforestation. The...Read More
19/03/201318690
appeal-court-orders-release-of-mam-sonando-kan-sovann-touch-ream  Phnom Penh (March 14, 2013) – We, the undersigned civil society groups, welcome the Court of Appeal’s long-overdue decision today to release independent radio station owner Mam Sonando and his two co-appellants, Touch Ream and Kan Sovann, but caution that a long road remains to rehabilitate Cambodia’s democracy ahead of National Assembly elections in July.  Sonando, who also heads an NGO known as the Democrats Association, was convicted in October 2012 of leading a secession plot against the...Read More
14/03/201314530
cambodian-journalist-s-immediate-exoneration-and-release-demanded Reporters Without Borders and the Cambodian Center for Independent Media demand the immediate and unconditional release of Mam Sonando, owner of Beehive radio, whose brief trial growing out of charges of fomenting insurrection ended on 6 March. The verdict in the case, an appeal of a lower court conviction, will be announced on 14 March. “The principal accusers did not appear at the trial,” Reporters Without Borders said. “No new evidence was presented. The continued detention of Mam Sonando is...Read More
14/03/201338070
mam-sonando-should-be-free Reporters Without Borders and the Cambodian Center for Independent Media demand the immediate and unconditional release of Mam Sonando, owner of Beehive radio, whose brief trial growing out of charges of fomenting insurrection ended on 6 March. The verdict in the case, an appeal of a lower court conviction, will be announced on 14 March.  [..] The trial was marked by the court’s reading of an Amicus brief on Sonando’s behalf by local and international press freedom organizations. The brief argued...Read More
11/03/201318710
bridge-forum-between-citizen-journalists-and-local-media-operatorsPhnom Penh, Cambodia Feb 27, 2013 Cambodian citizen journalists and local media operators will meet in a bridge forum which will be conducted for a full day on Wednesday 27th February, 2013 at the Department of Media and Communication (DMC). The bridge forum aims to connect citizen journalists and radio stations across Cambodia.  Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) and UNESCO are cooperating under the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) to work towards...Read More
26/02/201335300
providing-a-voice-to-the-voicelessFebruary 13th is World Radio Day. The United-Nations decided in 2011 to promote radio as a medium to improve cooperation between broadcasters and to encourage major networks and community radio stations alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves. Radio is a vital communication tool in Cambodia as almost 40% of men and women aged 15-49 listen to the radio on a weekly basis. In rural areas, radio is often the only medium that can rapidly disseminate critical...Read More
11/02/201314625
summary-of-vod-s-10-year-history-work-to-grow January 16, 2003 – January 16, 2013 Created by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and with funding from USAID/IRI, Voice of Democracy Radio (VOD) opened on January 16, 2003 with just two journalists. Our aim was to promote CCHR’s activities, educate the public about human rights and advocate for freedom of expression in Cambodia. Up until 2005, VOD’s journalists were actually trained by the Indonesia-based radio news agency KBR 68H, after which, VOD started to focus more on news...Read More
16/01/201319265
some-internet-cafes-ordered-to-closeReporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) raise their concerns about online freedom in Cambodia as the Minister of Telecommunications, So Khun, signed a circular on November 16th, 2012, to regulate the use of Internet in the country. According to the decree issued by the ministry, Internet cafes cannot be located within 500 meters of a school or allow their clients to gamble, porn surf, visit websites selling drugs or commit crimes that threaten national...Read More
14/12/201219583
ccim-meets-with-dr-suryasubedi-the-united-nations-special-rapporteur-for-human-rights-in-cambodiaOn December 11th, 2012, two journalists of Voice of Democracy, a radio production program run by the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) in Phnom Penh met with Dr. Surya Subedi, the United-Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia, to discuss the evolution of the human rights situation in the country. “There have been achievements in some areas. For example, the controversial NGO law is being reviewed, BoengKak Lake disputes are being taken into account and a land titling...Read More
11/12/201219535
ccim-raises-its-concerns-about-human-rights-in-cambodia-at-the-u-s-senateDuring a visit in Washington DC from Nov 26th to Nov 30th, Mr. Pa Nguon Teang, the Director of the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM), raised the concerns of Cambodian civil society in a forum discussion about the adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) and met with the offices of U.S Senators R.Durbin (D-IL) and J. Kerry (D-MA) to discuss the state of human rights in Cambodia. “The decision of ASEAN leader to adopt a flawed declaration is not the right way to guarantee...Read More
05/12/201218290
phnom-penh-court-sentences-independent-radio-station-owner-to-20-yearsPhnom Penh (Oct. 1, 2012) – We, the undersigned civil society organizations, condemn the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s shocking conviction of independent radio station owner Mam Sonando today, and the draconian 20-year sentence that he received. At age 70, Sonando is likely to die in prison if he serves his full term. Sonando, the owner of Beehive radio, was arrested on July 12 on charges that he masterminded a so-called “secessionist movement” in Kratie. Several co-defendants were charged with...Read More
02/10/201232530
independent-radio-station-owner-will-be-91-when-released Reporters Without Borders and the Cambodian Centre for Independent Media are appalled by the 20-year jail sentence that a Phnom Penh court passed today on Radio Beehive owner Mam Sonando for allegedly inciting unrest in the southeastern province of Kratie in mid-May. Aged 71, the independent radio station’s owner will be 91 when he completes the sentence. "Freedom of expression and media freedom are in danger in Cambodia," the two organizations said. "We call on the authorities to release Mam...Read More
02/10/201218115
press-release-the-death-of-journalist-hang-serei-odom-proves-an-access-to-information-law-is-neededPhnom Penh, September 20, 2012 PRESS RELEASE The death of journalist Hang Serei Odom proves an access to information law is needed The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) is deeply concerned about the safety of journalists reporting on the illegal logging issue in Cambodia after Mr. Hang Serei Odom, a journalist from Virakchun Khmer newspaper, was killed on Sunday night September 9, 2012 in the north-eastern  province of Ratanakiri. On September 11th, 2012, the provincial authorities...Read More
20/09/201220830
improving-dialogue-in-communities-affected-by-miningA Cambodian Centre for Independent Media Community Scorecard Workshop in Sen Monorom Commune, Mondulkiri Province, July 2012. Mondulkiri, on the Vietnamese border, is Cambodia’s biggest yet most sparsely populated province. Many villages are isolated and suffer from a lack of infrastructure, which poses problems for government and authorities. Pu Rang Village is located about half an hour from the provincial capital of Sen Monorom, and is a part of Sen Monorom Commune.There are about 98 families,...Read More
18/09/201226823
factory-fables-corporate-social-responsibility-in-the-cambodian-garment-industry There are more than 400,000 garment workers in Cambodia, and more than 90% of them are women. Many have moved to the city from poor parts of the countryside, and they’re trying to make money for their families back home. But what’s really happening in the industry? This program investigates the fainting of nearly 200 women in a factory that supplies Nike. Then the story of three young women who were shot during a protest at a factory that supplies Puma. It looks at how the industry responded, at...Read More
30/08/201214400
tor-for-final-project-evaluationTerm of Reference Final Project Evaluation  Project Title:Community Voices On-air:Improving Local Governance through Public Dialogue On-air Project Period: January 01, 2011 - December 31, 2012  Background Information CCIM was established in June 2007 and registered with the Ministry of Interior as a non-governmental organization. CCIM is the legal entity of VOD Radio, which originally began airing in January 2003 under the supervision of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR).  CCIM began...Read More
03/08/201225800
independent-radio-station-owner-falsely-accused-of-inciting-separatist-uprising PUBLISHED ON WEDNESDAY 18 JULY 2012. Reporters Without Borders and the Cambodian Centre for Independent Media firmly condemn Radio Beehive owner Mam Sonando’s arrest on 15 July in Phnom Penh for supposedly inciting residents of a southeastern province to stage an “uprising” in response to the government’s seizure of their land. “We urge the government to fully explain the charges that have been brought against this journalist,” the two organizations said. “Sonando’s arrest is like a parting slap...Read More
30/07/201231410
for-cambodian-journalists-ethics-not-always-black-and-whiteA quoted article from The Cambodian Daily By Hene-Hern Chen and Nhen Srey RothThursday, July 26, 2012 [...] But can journalists who accept money ever write a critical article about the person from whom they received the money? According to Pa Nguon Teang, director of the Cambodian Center for Independent Media, the answer is “very simple.” “If you take money from anyone, you cannot report true things about the issues relating to them,” said Mr. Nguon Teang. “They become the person we call in...Read More
26/07/201230385
voice-of-democracy-s-contribution-to-the-2012-commune-electionsEmma Fosher The Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM) was set up in 2007 and registered with the Ministry of the Interior as a Non-Governmental Organisation. The idea of the organisation is to provide an independent media network throughout Cambodia. Voice of Democracy (VOD) was started in 2003 by the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) and under close supervision until it became independent when CCIM was established. At the start up of VOD, just a 20-minute radio programme was...Read More
15/06/201233285
cambodian-government-praises-ccim-s-community-voices-on-air-programThe Cambodian government has praised CCIM for two of its recent projects in good governance and freedom of information. In 2011 CCIM ran public forums in 10 communes across Cambodia to give individuals and communities a voice to speak to their elected representatives. The forums were broadcast on-air and listeners were invited to call in to discuss the issues raised. The aim of the Community Voices on Air program was to improve information and dialogue between authorities and people with the aim...Read More
07/06/201229595
press-release-radio-voice-of-democracy-was-banned-for-airing-election-newsPress Release Radio Voice of Democracy was banned for airing election news   Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) was yesterday banned from broadcasting election news by the Ministry of Information. This is the first such instance of experience by CCIM of total censorship during polling day. Both Radio Sarika stations- FM 106.5 in Phnom Penh and FM 95.5 in Siem Reap – were shut down at intervals during the day: the Phnom Penh based station was allowed to broadcast only music programs...Read More
04/06/201229725
press-release-commune-good-governancePhnom Penh, May 10, 2012  PRESS RELEASE  With commune elections approaching, good governance and public service improvement must be prioritized to enhance people’s living conditions Public services such as civil registration, citizen ID card, health, securities of domestic violence and gangs at commune level are still critical problems at the moment. At CCIM’s community dialogue forums in the communes during 2011, participants raised these issues and urged commune council members, police,...Read More
10/05/201235465
good-service-good-society-summary-report-2011“Good Service, Good Society” is a radio program developed by CCIM’s project “Community Voices On-air: Improving Local Governance through Public Dialogue On-air”. Conducted throughout the course of the year, it sought to directly facilitate an improvement in commune governance in the political communes of Cambodia by increasing both the accessibility and availability of public information to these communities, as well as establishing an effective, open and democratic dialogue between the people and...Read More
08/05/201233085
freedom-of-information-policy-brief Cambodian Center for Independent Media, Phnom Penh, Cambodia AUTHORS Pa NguonTeang | Jayson W. Richardson | John B. Nash | AgatheDuvigneau | Clothilde Le Coz  RESEARCH SUMMARY  Access to information is a fundamental human right and one that is pivotal to the development of Cambodia. The 1993 Cambodian Constitution emphasized the obligation of the government to promote and protect the rights of Cambodian citizens. This right of access to information is further enshrined and expanded upon in...Read More
05/05/201226545
annual-report-2011Development in Cambodia has stalled in recent years due to poverty and lack of infrastructure resulting from the Khmer Rouge era. Basic rights such as freedom of expression, freedom of association, rule of law and media plurality are frequently threatened and sometimes disregarded entirely. The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) works to overcome these disadvantages and to mobilize citizens through unbiased reporting and information sharing.CCIM envisions a Cambodia with, “Everybody...Read More
05/05/201225875
press-release-foiPhnom Penh, May 02, 2012 PRESS RELEASE Freedom of Information in Cambodia: Perception and Knowledge A research study in Cambodia shows the need to adopt a freedom of information law “We have right to access public information and the public bodies should be obliged to publish such information,” said most of the respondents.   Almost 20 years after the adoption of the Cambodian Constitution in 1993, free access to information in Cambodia has not yet been achieved and there is no law or...Read More
02/05/201224365
immediate-releaseCCIM’s 2011 report: Achievements and challenges of the works of an  independent media in CambodiaPhnom Penh, Cambodia – 23 February 2012 - The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) released its 2011 Annual Report today. In the report, the Phnom Penh based independent media NGO provides an evaluation of the past year’s programs and lays out its vision for 2012. In 2011, CCIM, through its Voice of Democracy (VOD) program, promoted human rights reporting, good governance, and democracy, and...Read More
01/03/201230745
ccim-media-reporting-on-democratic-governanceThe Training on Media Reporting on Democratic Governance is one of the three series of trainings organized by the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM). A total of 30 participants were chosen from among those who submitted applications to join the trainings. The applicants were coming from various journalists’ associations, media institutions (such as radio stations, television and print media), media NGOs and freelance journalists.   The objective of the training is to contribute in...Read More
27/05/201030950
ccim-journalist-conferenceOn May 4, 2010, the Celebration of the World Press Freedom Day was held at the National Institute of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. The official day of the celebration is May 3, but the activity in Cambodia was held on the 4th due to a holiday preceding this date. The celebration was held for the whole day but divided into two main sessions – in the morning with the public and in the afternoon was a workshop among Cambodian journalists on freedom of information and code of ethics for journalism.  In  the ...Read More
05/05/201036940
ccim-media-researchTo strengthen journalists’ practice of professional ethics in Cambodia, the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) is initiating a project in 2009 titled “Enhancing Independent Media in Cambodia,” with generous funding from the European Union.  This report comprises the first phase of that project. It aims to identify, analyze, and offer solutions to the ethical dilemmas facing Cambodian journalists.  Those ethical problems include: Strengthening the legal framework for free media...Read More
01/07/200929895
ccim-people-s-recommendations-on-climate-change-via-radio-talkWith 0.2 percent of the world’s population, Cambodia accounts for negligible percentage of global emission. Yet, Cambodia faces immediate threats to its agricultural production and food security from climate changes as rainfall and temperature fluctuation lead to lack of water, according to the UN’s report. Natural disasters and high temperature fluctuation which have rarely taken place become more serious and more frequent, in which allow the vector-borne diseases such as malaria took many...Read More
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