Cambodia: ICJ and 56 organizations call on authorities to release journalists and cease harassment of independent media

Today, the ICJ and 56 civil society organizations called for an end to attacks on independent media by the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”).

Amidst an increasingly repressive landscape, the organizations called on the RGC to:

  • End harassment of journalists and media outlets;
  • Immediately drop apparently politically motivated charges against journalists and unconditionally release those held in detention for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and information;
  • Repeal or significantly amend repressive laws that unjustifiably impede media freedom and freedom of expression, including media freedom, so as to allow for a vibrant and free media landscape in line with its international human rights obligations;
  • Immediately reverse revocations of media licenses to facilitate media freedom and the right to freedom of expression and information; and refrain from similar revocations of media licenses in the future.

Download the joint statement in English and Khmer.


Kingsley Abbott, Senior Legal Adviser, ICJ Global Accountability Initiative e:

See also

ICJ, ‘Cambodia: authorities must end increasing crackdown on human rights defenders’, 11 September 2020

ICJ, ‘Cambodia: ICJ and 64 organizations call for immediate withdrawal of Draft Law on Public Order’, 13 August 2020

ICJ, ‘ICJ and 31 organizations jointly urge Governments to call for respect of human rights in Cambodia’, 22 July 2020

ICJ, ‘Cambodia: State of Emergency bill violates the rule of law’, 8 April 2020

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