The annual media correspondent’s meeting between journalists and Prime Minister Hun Sen is scheduled to resume in early 2023 after a two-year Covid-19 hiatus.

The Ministry of Information held a meeting chaired by minister Khieu Kanharith to discuss forming an organising committee to prepare for the event, scheduled for January 14.

Kanharith said the annual forum, first held in 2017, aims to promote the development of the information sector by enhancing communication between journalists and spokespersons from all ministries and state institutions, capital and provincial governors, and spokespersons at all levels of government who are able to verify or discuss information that is accurate, factual and useful to society.

Ministry spokesman Meas Sophorn said Hun Sen has chosen January 14 for the meeting.

“This meeting shows the attention being paid by the head of government to promoting the media sector in Cambodia as well as highlighting the important role of journalists in contributing to the development of our society.

“Journalists are also cooperative partners with the government for bringing accurate information from the state institutions to citizens and vice versa,” he said.

Sophorn added that previously the meeting was like a public forum that gave time to journalists to raise issues with the government and for the government to recommend ways that journalists could help develop the sector.

He said the organising committee would make an announcement about the meeting to journalists.

Those who wish to attend can voluntarily register through their respective media outlets with the ministry to receive an invitation.