Welcome to LIFT issue 5

Welcome to LIFT issue 5

Besides being a magazine that informs young people of the education and career opportunities around them, Lift also aims to be an advocate voice for the efforts and successes of young people in the Kingdom.

In the first issue of Lift we wrote about how young people can make an impact on society by coming together in student associations or gatherings of individuals with a common mission. However, the government has made it difficult to hold peaceful demonstrations, and according to human rights experts, people are scared to participate in such events. “People have grown fearful of expressing their views and assembling peacefully to do so,” wrote Christophe Peschoux, the representative of the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia, in The Phnom Penh Post last year. However, this fear need not silence the student voice.

In our second issue we wrote about how the Internet has provided Cambodians with an opportunity to communicate about their lives, and even voice their concerns and criticisms of the society around them.

Now, in our media issue we explore how mass media can facilitate discussions about the development and improvement of our country. While many media outlets are beholden to political interests and even directly aligned with political parties, there exist a number of media outlets that are working to present an unbiased account of the news in Cambodia and give everyday people an opportunity to understand and discuss the important events of the day.

While freedom of speech is still an aspiration more than a reality in Cambodia, there are plenty of places to make your voice heard. In this issue we continue to help you find them.

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  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • EU timber deal in firing line

    A committee of more than 20 national and international organisations filed a petition to the EU on October 10 to prevent it from signing a timber trade agreement with Vietnam, noting that the deal would be disastrous to the Kingdom’s forests. The petition claims Vietnamese timber