Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Press Law before MPs soon



Press Law before MPs soon

Press Law before MPs soon

P PROVISIONS allowing journalists to be jailed have been left in the draft press

law by a National Assembly committee which has been considering the

matter.

The committee decided only to put the law's penal provisions in

bold type in the official copy of the law, to draw them to the attention of MPs

when it goes before the assembly for discussion by MPs.

The

International Affairs and Information Committee had proposed to recommend the

provisions be deleted from the law, according to an informed source, but did not

because of strong objections from one Cambodian People's Party member.

King Norodom Sihanouk and First Prime Minister and Funcinpec leader

Prince Norodom Ranariddh are among those who have supported the removal of the

provisions.

Political observers are awaiting the final position of Second

Prime Minister and CPP leader Hun Sen, who they say may well hold the key to

what happens with the law.

The law is due to be brought up for debate at

the assembly's next session, scheduled for April 7, according to Vice-Speaker

Loy Sim Chheang.

Chheang indicated he was not expecting a lengthy debate

over the bill, saying "it won't take us much time to pass it even if we have to

debate it article by article".

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia's cluster cases jump to 259

    The Ministry of Health on February 27 recorded 26 more cases of Covid-19 linked to the February 20 community transmission, bringing the total to 259 in one week. The 26 include three Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. The ministry noted that five of the Chinese