Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministries review content of draft law on cybercrime




Ministries review content of draft law on cybercrime

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Legal experts held a meeting to review content of draft law on cybercrime on Wednesday. Facebook

Ministries review content of draft law on cybercrime

The ministries of Interior and Justice and relevant officials are currently reviewing a draft law on cybercrime.

Legal experts held a meeting on Wednesday to review its contents at the Ministry of Interior, and chaired by two ministries’ secretaries of state Bun Hun and Lam Chea.

Ministry of Justice spokesperson Chin Malin told The Post on Thursday: “We need to research the implementation of similar laws in other countries.

“The law is new in Cambodia and we need to study it further and learn from [other countries]. It has to be in line with the Cambodian context as the draft law is intertwined with other laws, and we want it to be consistent with them."

“We are currently drafting the Access to Information Law and [we need] it not to become contentious with the Press Law."

“Other developing countries have similar laws to stop online crimes such as robberies, fraud and kidnappings, as well as social media scams. We must have a law to stop such crimes,” said Malin.

The Ministry of Interior’s Anti-Cybercrime Department director Chea Pov said the draft law on cybercrime contained seven chapters and 48 articles, and that working groups are currently outlining its punishments.

Human rights group Adhoc spokesperson Soeung Sen Karuna expressed his concern over the draft law, saying it might be used by the government to restrict the freedoms of those with opinions unpopular with the government.

“We see that [in] the latest contexts, laws seem to have been made, in a sense, to restrict the freedom of citizens, other political parties, civil society organisations, et cetera."

“We are worried . . . the laws would be better if they allowed a wide range of opinions,” Sen Karuna stressed.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Battambang provincial police headquarters said fake news is the most pressing issue arising from modern-day information technology.

The post quoted provincial deputy police chief Im Kosal as saying that fake news in the Kingdom had attacked individuals, organisations and state institutions, causing social insecurity.

He said fake news has hindered national development and called on police forces as well as residents to do their part in combating it.

In January, Prime Minister Hun Sen called on officials and members of the press to wage a fight against fake news. He also said two laws are currently in the works to complement the existing 1995 Law on the Press.

MOST VIEWED

  • School reopening to be postponed until November

    Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Hun Sen requesting a delay of school reopening across the Kingdom until November, when the new academic year begins. In his letter, Chuon Naron said the postponement is warranted to avoid the new

  • Foreigners in Kingdom must now register in FPCS system

    The Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Immigration (GDI) announced that it would not grant visa extensions to foreigners staying in Cambodia if their names are not listed on the Foreigners Present in Cambodia System (FPCS) by July 1. Foreign nationals can register in the

  • Covid-19 at ‘alarming rate’, health ministry says

    The Covid-19 risk level for individual transmission is at an “alarming rate” in the Kingdom and its probability is “not low”, warned Health Ministry spokesperson Or Vandine. “Cambodia’s coronavirus scenario is classified as being at an early stage of the pandemic because of ongoing

  • Mandatory quarantine for 30,000 workers begins

    Some of the roughly 30,000 workers from factories and enterprises across the Kingdom who went on leave during Khmer New Year began their government-imposed 14-day quarantine on Monday. Speaking at a press conference while visiting workers at the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone on Monday, Ministry

  • Unemployed to get $40 per month

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has instructed enterprises, business owners and travel agencies in five provinces to prepare the proper forms for the suspension of employment contracts. This, it said, will make it easier for the ministry to transfer $40 a month to workers

  • Gov’t travel ban flouted

    While the majority of Cambodians have paid heed to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s order to stay put and not travel during the Khmer New Year – the holidays of which were also postponed – several hundred have left Phnom Penh nonetheless. They have allegedly breached provincial

  • G20 energy ministers struggle to finalise oil output cuts

    Top oil producers struggled to finalise production cuts during a virtual summit held by Group of 20 (G20) energy ministers on Friday, despite US President Donald Trump’s mediation efforts to end a standoff with Mexico. The final G20 communique appeared to gloss over simmering divisions

  • Kingdom revises travel restriction order

    The government on Friday eased the district and provincial border restrictions issued on Thursday. People are now allowed to cross districts within their provinces. Phnom Penh and Kandal province are to be treated as a single region where people are allowed to travel freely. In

  • Private schools struggling

    The Cambodian Higher Education Association has claimed that 113 private educational establishments are facing bankruptcy because of their inability to pay rent and staff salaries in light of nationwide school closures caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. It said the financial trouble started when the Ministry of

  • Khmer New Year holidays postponed

    In an effort to halt Covid-19 infections in the Kingdom, Prime Minister Hun Sen has postponed the Khmer New Year holidays scheduled from April 13 to 16. While the people will not have their usual break, nor will there be any public celebrations or gatherings at pagodas,