Cambodia calls for single standard for press freedom

Cambodia is disappointed that some countries have not implemented the single standard for press freedom as the world discusses ways to foster freedom of expression, freedom of the press and freedom of information.

These remarks were made by Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2022.

“Recently, in the Russian-Ukrainian war, there have been tendencies to close down such and such (television) stations, which is contrary to the principles of freedom of speech and freedom of the press,” he said. he declared. “We hope everyone will apply a single standard in achieving freedom of the press and freedom of expression so that everyone can have full information.”

Some countries shut down Russia Today and other Russian-linked media, and abusive language against Russia was allowed on Telegram and Facebook, following the Russian-Ukrainian war.

In a meeting with more than 500 Cambodian delegates and athletes ahead of their departure for the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam, Prime Minister Hun also raised the issue of the “one standard”, stressing that it only exists in the sports sector.

“Don’t talk about an international standard for democracy, human rights, the political question…, only the sports sector has an international standard,” the prime minister said.

Cambodia will mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day on May 3 under the theme “Journalism under the siege of digital”. C. Nika – AKP

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