The first study in this series, Voice, Choice and Decision: A Study of Local Governance Processes in Cambodia (VCD1), conducted in 2011, led to useful insights into the channels through which citizens engage in commune-level decision-making. It presented the formal and informal framework for citizen voice and downward accountability at the communes/sangkat level in Cambodia. This VCD1 study was, however, limited to the domain of the commune council, and focused mainly on Commune-Sangkat Fund (CSF) decision-making. Processes of voice, choice and decision are also crucial to effective service delivery, and, more broadly, to the development of consistent and predictable local governance.
The primary purpose of this Report is to encourage the RGC to continue in its efforts to adopt freedom of information legislation and to facilitate greater access to information. The Report looks at freedom of information principles, the status of the right to freedom of information in international law, and how access to information is currently dealt with in Cambodian laws. The Report also examines the difficulties that ordinary Cambodians face on a day-to-day basis when attempting to access information. The Report uses as examples four areas that CCHR has identified as being particularly important in so far as freedom of information is concerned – corruption (Chapter Four), the media (Chapter Five), the rule of law (Chapter Six), and resources and land (Chapter Seven). It also outlines structures and mechanisms that could be put in place to facilitate greater access to information, and provides recommendations for the content of a freedom of information law.
This report focuses on the news media of Cambodia – television and radio stations, newspapers and, to a limited extent, the Internet. It will look at the media from a human rights perspective, examining the state of press freedom, access to information, attacks and threats against journalists. The report is based on documentary research, in-depth interviews and a survey of 150 Cambodian journalists. The results might hold some surprises about a media often cited as one of the most free in Southeast Asia.
This multimedia project aims to reach young people in Cambodia in order to improve civic knowledge and encourage youth to engage in civic participation. Key programme objectives include improving knowledge and awareness of opportunities for civic participation, gender equality and the skills required for the empowerment of youth. In the run up to the 2013 election, a number of TV and radio Public Service Announcements (‘spots’) were also produced as part of the project to provide key information to the youth target audience to inform them about the voting process.
Democratic states and free and independent media are closely interlinked and interacting. The diversity and quality of the media is essential for constituting a broadly, diversely and well informed public. To ensure that media can properly fulfill its information and education function it is of utmost importance to develop and implement democratic regulations that assure program diversity and objectivity to strengthen free formation of opinions in a pluralistic society. Consequently the aim of this study is to expedite the development and acceptance of a transparent and democratic media regulation in Cambodia. Moreover, the study offers practical ideas and options for Cambodian lawmakers, journalists and other media professionals on how to create and develop such a framework.