(04-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Information Law a Step Closer The information minister announced yesterday that the government is one step closer to establishing an access to information law, in response to demands for a more transparent and responsive government.

Minister Khieu Kanharith made the comments during the World Press Freedom Day celebration, which was held under the theme of “Access of Information is Your Right.” He said the government has been collaborating with UNESCO agencies and civil society groups to set up the law, with support from the Swedish government. The law focusses on the right to receive and impart information to the public.

(04-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Gov't ‘can tap anyone's phone’, says ACU chief Since the first covertly recorded tapes purportedly featuring opposition leader Kem Sokha talking to an alleged mistress emerged, questions have persisted about whether the CNRP acting president’s phone had been tapped.

Yesterday, a lawyer, acting for one of six charged with allegedly bribing 24-year-old Khom Chandaraty to stay quiet about the affair, lent credence to those concerns, alleging those investigating the case had obtained recordings that could only have been made through wiretapping, while a government spokesman said Sokha was being “monitored”.

(04-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Gov’t touts free press record The Ministry of Information yesterday trumpeted Cambodia’s free press credentials during an event for World Press Freedom Day yesterday, though a political observer being sued over remarks he made on radio said the situation for freedom of expression was still grim.

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith lauded Cambodia’s top spot among ASEAN nations in Reporters Without Borders’ annual World Press Freedom Index, although globally the Kingdom ranks 128 out of 180.

(04-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Fake IDs prompt call for NSSF re-registry The Ministry of Labour on Monday said it will require private institutions, such as factories, to re-register for health insurance under the expansion of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) due to challenges stemming from workers using someone else’s identification cards and providing incorrect information.

The ministry, in a statement, said it noticed problems with workers “borrowing” the identity card of someone else; providing the wrong name and gender; and specifying the incorrect place of birth and age.

(04-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Justice minister wants Battambang land dispute resolved Minister of Justice Ang Vong Vattana has weighed in on a prolonged land dispute at the Battambang Provincial Court that has seen three protestors shot and another imprisoned.

The dispute between Suon Mean Sambath Company and 135 families in Sampov Loun district, where 600 hectares of farming and residential land remain affected, was sparked by an economic land concession granted in 2011.

(04-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Kem Sokha summonsed over Sovantha suit Two months after the anonymous release of taped phone conversations purportedly between acting CNRP president Kem Sokha and an alleged mistress, the deputy opposition leader has been summonsed to appear at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, along with two other CNRP lawmakers.

Deputy prosecutor for the case Keo Socheat yesterday confirmed a summons for May 11 had been issued in relation to a $1 million defamation case brought by social media celebrity Thy Sovantha but declined to answer further questions.

(04-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Kem Sokha Summoned Over Lawsuit In Sex Scandal After weeks of summoning, questioning and arresting an unlikely ensemble of people linked to a sex scandal involving CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday made its first direct move against the deputy opposition leader, calling him to appear over a defamation complaint.

Two other CNRP lawmakers were also summoned as “suspects” in a widely criticized case that has now seen an opposition commune chief, four human rights workers and an election official jailed.

(04-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Prisons Filling With Critics of Ruling Party It’s not a good time to be a critic of Cambodia’s government. Over the past year alone, more than 20 have been jailed, and the list of those behind bars runs the gamut from lawmakers and Facebook users to rights monitors and a senior elections official.

In an apparent scorched-earth campaign against those who have bothered Prime Minister Hun Sen over his 31 years in power—or who could disturb his plans to remain there after the 2018 national election—authorities have even laid charges against a U.N. official.

(04-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

NEC Decides Not to Seek Bail for Its Deputy in Bribery Case The National Election Committee (NEC) decided yesterday that it would not attempt to intervene on behalf of its deputy secretary-general, Ny Chakrya, who was jailed on bribery charges on Monday in connection with the government’s probe of a sex scandal involving opposition leader Kem Sokha.

Mr. Chakrya was charged by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday along with a U.N. staffer and four senior officers from local rights group Adhoc for allegedly conspiring to pay Mr. Sokha’s supposed mistress to lie to authorities about the affair.

(03-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Six Charged as Sex Scandal Escalates After days of questioning, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged four Adhoc officials yesterday for allegedly bribing a witness, while a National Electoral Committee (NEC) and UN official were charged with conspiring to bribe a witness in relation to the Kem Sokha sex scandal.

The four senior Adhoc officials, Ny Sokha, Nay Vanda, Yi Soksan and Lim Mony, were charged under Article 548 of the Penal Code and sent to CC1 and CC2 prisons in Phnom Penh.