(30-September-2015 / KHT)
PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – The government yesterday moved to reassure Internet users and NGOs fearful of a censorship crackdown after plans to implement new controls to combat cybercrime and the abuse of social media.
A draft sub-decree announced last month gives the Interior Ministry’s new Anti-cybercrime Department powers to deal with abuse, but there are no plans to block sites.
Under the draft, the Anti-cybercrime Department, according to the sub-decree, will be mandated to monitor mail, phone calls and faxes, searching for “irregularities relating to national security.”
“The Internet environment in Cambodia is more favorable because there is no restriction to any website. You can even access porn sites here,” Sun Rapid, Director of R&D Center at the Ministry of Telecommunications, said at a gathering of NGOs and government officials to discuss Internet freedom.