This report provides information gleaned from a research study commissioned by the Cambodia Center for Independent Media (CCIM). The purpose of the study was to measure the Cambodian public’s opinions on the Access to Information Draft Policy and obtain feedback from key stakeholders on public’s opinions. The data were collected using qualitative and quantitative methods including interviews with 30 key informants, six focus group discussions, and a quantitative survey (with a sample size of 1522). The study was conducted between October 2011 and January 2012.
During the eighth Consultative Group meeting in March 2006, the Royal Cambodian Government promised to develop a clear policy framework on Freedom of Information by December 2006. This policy framework serves as the guideline for drafting the law on Freedom of Information. The Cambodian Government has developed a policy framework on FOI but the policy has not yet been adopted. As the citizens of Cambodia, we strongly encourage the Government to adopt the FOI policy framework by 2008.
This report provides a detailed summary of the initiatives which were carried out as part of [CCIM’s Enhancing Independent Media in Cambodia project], as well as an overview of the outcomes of the project as a whole, the challenges that CCIM faces moving forward and the plans it holds for the future.
The aim of this study was to show, in the absence of a Freedom to Information Act, the difficulties to access information from courts and public bodies, and where access is allowed the arbitrary procedures involved. From January to May 2004, the study was conducted in 4 provinces and 2 municipalities, namely: Battambang, Kandal, Kampong Cham, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, and Takeo. It obtained a total of 322 respondents represented by court officers, lawyers, litigants, media and persons from the private sector and NGOs.
Aware of the importance of freedom of expression to Cambodia’s fledgling democracy and its importance to the ongoing social, economic and political development of the nation, CCHR has compiled this Report in order to provide an overview of the freedom of expression situation as it developed in Cambodia throughout 2012 and in the first half of 2013. The Report will provide concrete recommendations for the improvement of the situation of free expression in Cambodia and will be used as an advocacy tool to engage with the Cambodian people, national and international organizations, donors, embassies, and of course, with the newly elected RGC.