Fresh News and the Future of the Fourth Estate in Cambodia

OP-ED: CODASTORY, AUTHORITARIAN TECH

“The slow eradication of the fourth estate by Hun Sen has left a cabal of state-owned, state-run and state-influenced media outlets. Fresh News is a symptom of that environment. ដំណើរកំចាត់យ៉ាងយឺតៗនៃអំណាចទី៤ដោយលោកហ៊ុន-សែនបានរុញច្រានស្ងាត់ៗនូវបណ្តុំពត៌មានអោយទៅជាកម្មសិទ្ធិរបស់រដ្ឋ ចាត់ចែងដោយរដ្ឋ និងរដ្ឋមានឥទ្ធិពលពីលើ។ ហ្វ្រេសនូសគឺជារោគសញ្ញាផុសឡើងក្នុងបរិដ្ឋាននោះ”

Fresh News and the Future of the Fourth Estate in Cambodia

In the Cambodian government’s ongoing war on the media, a website called Fresh News has become one of the country’s most useful sources of political misinformation and propaganda

When leading Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested shortly after midnight in September 2017, most media outlets were taken by surprise. Only Fresh News, a digital news provider with close ties to the government, was on hand to livestream the chaotic scenes which saw Sokha arrested at his home in an operation involving 100 armed police officers.

The arrest marked the culmination of a months-long smear campaign by Fresh News against Sokha, president of the now dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). Fresh News had linked Sokha to an American-backed conspiracy to overthrow prime minister Hun Sen’s Cambodia People’s Party, which has led the country for more than three decades.

After Sokha was arrested, Fresh News continued its critical coverage with articles like “Why was Kem Sokha arrested? Listen to his confession of treason!” The story contained a link to a 2013 video of Sokha thanking the US for political support and detailing strategies for democratic change. The government claimed Sokha’s comments qualified as a “red-handed” crime, allowing Sokha to be stripped of his parliamentary immunity.

The rise to prominence of Fresh News as a key player in Cambodia’s authoritarian landscape has arrived amidst an unprecedented crackdown on free press and civil society which has reduced the country’s once-robust media to rubble. The fiercely critical Cambodia Daily was shut down in 2017 over a disputed tax bill, publishing its final edition the day of Sokha’s arrest.

Then, last year, Cambodia’s oldest independent newspaper—the Phnom Penh Post—was bought by new owners with close ties to the government, who have enforced strict censorship guidelines. A slew of independent radio stations have also been shuttered, silencing crucial voices and forcing Radio Free Asia to abandon its operations in the country.

The government’s appreciation of the kind of journalism practiced by Fresh News appears to be considerable—Hun Sen has compared Fresh News to news organizations like Reuters.

Throughout the crackdown on traditional media, the digital-first Fresh News has become one of Hun Sen’s most useful instruments with an outsized influence over political misinformation and propaganda. Launched in 2014 with 20 journalists and described as a “bludgeon” by then-independent newspaper the Phnom Penh Post, Fresh News is now the country’s third most visited local site and has led the war against critics of the Cambodian government by spreading unfounded conspiracy theories, leaking private phone calls between opposition politicians, and even helping to give shape to anti-democratic policies.

The media organization, which now employs 200 people across its online, television, radio, Facebook and YouTube platforms, is regularly granted exclusive interviews with high-ranking government officials, including Hun Sen, who almost never give interviews to other outlets. In Khmer, English, and Chinese, Fresh News has become the state’s third arm in an ongoing campaign of media repression.

The government’s appreciation of the kind of journalism practiced by Fresh News appears to be considerable—Hun Sen has compared Fresh News to news organizations like Reuters. “Fresh News now is not only being watched in the country but also abroad, and we also have a quick information system that is no worse than AFP, UPI, AP or Reuters,” he said in a speech in September 2017, days after Sokha’s arrest.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan told the Phnom Penh Post that Fresh News is “a space for the government to share the news”, and said that the platform receives its information directly from government sources.

The success of Fresh News can also be viewed in the light of criticism of investigative journalism in a number of other countries across the world. Just as President Donald Trump has described CNN as “fake news” while giving access to broadcasters like Fox News, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has called news website Rappler Inc. a “fake news outlet”, Hun Sen has asked local and international journalists to tackle “fake news” under the pretext of preserving national security. “Even the countries that claim to respect freedom of speech are concerned about cybercrimes,” he said recently. “Some countries which are regarded as [fathers of democracy] have laws to prevent and punish fake news [perpetrators].”

Exclusives and Leaks

Pro-government since its launch, Fresh News took on a more active role in the summer of 2017, seemingly anticipating or even precipitating the government’s shift towards authoritarianism. Prior to Sokha’s arrest, the government shut down the National Democratic Institute, a US-funded pro-democracy organization that Fresh News claimed was also part of the plot to initiate a “color revolution” to topple the government like those in Eastern Europe and the Arab Spring. NDI was closed and its three foreign staff expelled, a decision that the government justified with materials leaked to Fresh News.

In January, three high-profile Cambodian activists were charged with “breach of trust” in a case widely seen as politically motivated. The men first found out about the charges against them when the court documents were published on Fresh News.

The documents originated from a meeting between NDI and the CNRP during which the groups discussed election campaign strategies. In its defense, NDI claimed they held similar training sessions with multiple parties, including Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). Further evidence of Fresh News’s close ties with the government emerged when the platform released photographs of all three foreign NDI staff, taken during their exit from Cambodia at Phnom Penh International Airport. USAID released a statement condemning the “deeply disappointing” decision, while a number of US Senators, including John McCain, also denounced the move.

The document leak was part of a pattern. In contrast to other Cambodian media, Fresh News benefits from exclusive and regular access to government documents, including court summonses and arrest warrants which are made available to the public on the platform. In January, three high-profile Cambodian activists were charged with “breach of trust” in a case widely seen as politically motivated. The men first found out about the charges against them when the court documents were published on Fresh News.

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Global watchdog to put Cambodia on its money-laundering watchlist

Global watchdog to put Cambodia on its money-laundering watchlist

Op-Ed: Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A global money-laundering watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), will place Cambodia on its watchlist on Friday because of concern it is highly vulnerable to money laundering, a high-level official with knowledge of the issue said.

The placing of Cambodia on the FATF’s “grey list”, to be announced in Paris, will likely curtail international financial, investment and trade flows to and from the Southeast Asian country.

The FATF is an inter-governmental organization that underpins the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

A spokesman for Cambodia’s Ministry of Economy and Finance said he could not comment on the FATF issue and referred questions to the National Bank of Cambodia, which did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

The expected listing comes as Cambodia faces the loss of preferential trade treatment from the European Union due to concerns over its human rights record.

Companies and individuals based in Cambodia could find it “tougher” to use the international financial system after the FATF move, said the senior official, who declined to be identified.

Cambodia’s inclusion on the list follows an FATF “mutual evaluation report” on its policies to counter money laundering (ML) and terrorism financing (TF) conducted in 2017.

The report contained several damning findings and observations, including that no money-laundering case had ever been prosecuted in Cambodia.

Cambodia’s judicial system had “high levels of corruption”, the FATF said in the report, adding:

“Cambodia has made minimal use of financial intelligence in investigating ML/TF.”

The Cambodian Financial Intelligence Unit did not supervise its booming casino and real estate sectors, long identified by organizations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as highly exposed to money laundering by organized crime groups.

Cambodia had been removed from the FATF “grey list” in 2015, so the new listing would suggest it has been backsliding on efforts to counter money laundering.

CRITICISM

A more restricted financial environment comes as Cambodia is also facing the prospect of tougher trade conditions.

This month, the EU began a formal, 18-month process that could result in Cambodia losing its access to the EU’s “everything but arms” trade regime, which allows the world’s poor countries to sell goods, other than weapons, tariff-free into the 28-member bloc.

The EU warned Cambodia that it could lose the special status last year after Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party won all of the seats in parliament in a general election.

The main opposition party was outlawed and its leader arrested before the vote.

Hun Sen’s government, who has ruled Cambodia since 1985, has also faced criticism for muzzling the media and free speech.

The EU is Cambodia’s largest trading partner, accounting for 45 percent of its exports in 2018. Clothing factories there employ about 700,000 workers, and garments are a large share of exports to the bloc worth some 4.9 billion euros.

According to the FATF, there are 11 countries on the list.

North Korea and Iran are listed under a tougher regime, known as the “black list”, which calls on states to take active countermeasures against them, including in the case of North Korea limiting or prohibiting financial transactions.

Reporting by Tom Allard, additional reporting by Prak Chan Thul in PHNOM PENH; Editing by Robert Birsel

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Op-Ed: VOA Khmer, 30 មករា 2019


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បញ្ហា​នៃ​វត្តមាន​កងទ័ព​ចិន​នៅ​កម្ពុជា​ ​ត្រូវ​បាន​លើកឡើង​ដំបូង​កាលពី​ខែមេសា​ ​ឆ្នាំ២០១៨​កន្លង​ទៅ​ ​ដោយ​មជ្ឈមណ្ឌល​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​និង​សិក្សា​ជាន់ខ្ពស់​លើ​កិច្ចការ​ការពារ​ជាតិ​ ​(C4ADS)​ ​ដែល​បាន​ភ្ជាប់​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​ ​Union​ ​Development​ ​Group​ ​ដែល​ជា​វិនិយោគិន​លើ​សំណង់​ហេដ្ឋារចនា​សម្ព័ន្ធ​ជាប់​មាត់​សមុទ្រ​ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​កោះកុង​របស់​ខ្មែរ​ ​ទៅ​នឹង​កងទ័ព​រំដោះប្រជាជន​ចិន។​

លោក​អនុ​ប្រធានាធិបតី​ ​Mike Pence​ ​របស់​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក​ ​បាន​លើកឡើង​ជា​ផ្លូវការ​នូវ​ការ​សង្ស័យ​នេះ​ ​ក្នុង​កំណត់​លិខិត​មួយ​ ​ផ្ញើ​ជូន​លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ ​ហ៊ុន​ ​សែន​ ​របស់​កម្ពុជា​ ​កាលពី​ខែ​វិច្ឆិកា​កន្លង​ទៅ។​ ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា​ ​បាន​បដិសេធ​យ៉ាង​ដាច់​អហង្ការ​នូវ​ការ​លើកឡើង​ខាងលើ​ ​អំពី​វត្តមាន​យោធា​ចិន​នៅ​ប្រទេស​របស់​ខ្លួន។​

លោក​ ​ហ៊ុន សែន​ ​ផ្ទាល់​ ​ដែល​ជា​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា​ ​ផង​នោះ​ ​បាន​លើក​ឡើង​ក្នុង​សុន្ទរកថា​មួយ​នៅ​ខេត្តកោះកុង​ ​បន្ទាប់ពី​លោក​បាន​ធ្វើដំណើរ​ទស្សនកិច្ច​នៅ​តំបន់​អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​របស់​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​ ​UDG​ ​កាលពី​ខែធ្នូ​ថា​ ​គណបក្ស​លោក​នឹង​មិន​ធ្វើ​វិសោធនកម្ម​រដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញ​កម្ពុជា​នោះ​ទេ​ ​លើ​មាត្រា​ទាក់ទង​នឹង​ការ​ហាមប្រាម​ការ​តាំងទី​របស់​មូលដ្ឋានទ័ព​បរទេស​ ​ក្នុង​ព្រះរាជា​ណាចក្រ​កម្ពុជា។​

លោក​ ​សុខ​ ​ឥសាន​ ​អ្នកនាំពាក្យ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា​ ​បាន​ថ្លែង​ថា​បក្ស​កាន់​អំណាច​ឈរ​ពី​ក្រោយ​ ​គាំទ្រ​ជំហរ​របស់​លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ ​ទាក់ទិន​នឹង​ការ​មិន​ធ្វើ​វិសោធន​កម្ម​រដ្ឋ​ធម្មនុញ្ញ​ ​មាត្រា​ទី៥៣​ ​ទាក់ទិន​នឹង​ការ​ហាមប្រាម​វត្តមាន​មូលដ្ឋាន​កងទ័ព​បរទេស​នៅ​លើទឹក​ដីខ្មែរ​។​

អ្នកនាំពាក្យ​រូប​នេះ​បាន​ប្រាប់​ ​VOA​ ​តាម​ទូរស័ព្ទ​ថា៖

«​ចុះ​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ ​គាត់​ជា​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​ស្រាប់ហើយ​ ​បើ​គាត់​មាន​ជំហរ​អ៊ីចឹង​ ​បាន​សេចក្ដី​ថា​ ​ជំហរ​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ ​និង​ជំហរ​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​ ​ដូចគ្នា​ ​ហើយ​គណបក្សប្រជាជន​ ​គឺជា​គណបក្ស​មាន​វិន័យ​ ​អ៊ីចឹង​ ​តែ​កាលណា​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​មាន​មតិ​ដូចម្ដេច​ ​យើង​គោរព​តាម​ហើយ!»​។​

លោក​ ​សុខ ឥសាន​ ​ក៏បាន​បន្ត​ដែរ​ថា​ ​បក្ស​កាន់អំណាច​បាន​មើល​ឃើញ​ពី​ហានិភ័យ​នៃ​វត្តមាន​មូលដ្ឋានទ័ព​បរទេស​ ​ថា​នឹង​នាំ​ឱ្យ​ខូចខាត​ដល់​នយោបាយ​ការបរទេស​របស់​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា៖

«អូ!​ ​អាហ្នឹង​វា​ប៉ះពាល់​ច្រើនណាស់​ ​ប៉ះពាល់​ដល់​សន្តិភាព​ ​ប៉ះពាល់​ដល់​ស្ថិរភាព​នយោបាយ​ ​ក៏ដូច​ជា​អព្យា​ក្រឹត្យ​អចិន្ត្រៃយ៍​របស់​កម្ពុជា​ ​ព្រោះតែ​កាលណា​យើង​មិន​អព្យា​ក្រឹត្យ​អចិន្ត្រៃយ៍​ទេ​ ​និន្នាការ​មនោគមវិជ្ជា​នឹង​វាយលុក​ហើយ​។​ ​យើង​ដឹង​ថា​អន្តរជាតិ​ឥឡូវនេះ​ ​មេ​ធំៗ​កំពុងតែ​យកចិត្ត​ទុកដាក់​អំពី​ភូមិសាស្ត្រ​នយោបាយ​ ​កំពុងតែ​ប្រកួតប្រជែង​មនោគមវិជ្ជា​អន្តរជាតិ​ហ្នឹងឯង​ ​អ៊ីចឹង​ទេ​ ​បាន​យើង​ប្រយ័ត្ន​អា​រឿង​ហ្នឹង​ណាស់»។​

ខណៈ​ដែល​បណ្ដា​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​បស្ចិម​លោក​ ​បាន​កំពុង​ដាក់​សម្ពាធ​រិះគន់​ការរៀបចំ​បោះឆ្នោត​ ​និង​ការ​ជាប់ឆ្នោត​សាជាថ្មី​របស់​លោក​ ​ហ៊ុន​ ​សែន​ ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​របស់​លោក​ក៏បាន​កំពុង​ប្រឈម​នឹង​ការ​គំរាម​ដាក់ទណ្ឌកម្ម​ពីសំណាក់​សហភាព​អឺរ៉ុប​ ​និង​សហ​រដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក​ផង​ដែរ​។​

ការណ៍​នេះ​ ​បាន​នាំ​ឱ្យ​ប្រទេស​ចិន​ ​ផ្ដល់​ការ​ធា​នា​ផ្សេង​ៗ​ ​ដូចយ៉ាង​ការធានា​ទិញ​អង្ករ​កម្ពុជា​ ​និង​សន្យា​បន្ត​ផ្ដល់​ជំនួយ​បន្ថែម​ ​ក្នុងនាម​ជា​ប្រទេស​ម្ចាស់​ជំនួយ​ ​និង​ប្រភព​វិនិយោគ​ធំ​បំផុត​របស់​កម្ពុជា​ ​ក្នុង​រយៈពេល​ប្រមាណ​១០ឆ្នាំ​ចុងក្រោយ​នេះ។​

កម្ពុជា​ក៏បាន​បន្ត​ពូន​ជ្រុំ​ទំនាក់ទំនង​យោធា​កាន់តែ​ស្អិត​រមួត​ជាមួយនឹង​ប្រទេស​ចិន​ ​តាមរយៈ​ជំនួយ​យោធា​ផ្ដល់​ដោយ​ទីក្រុង​ប៉េកាំង​ ​ការ​បណ្ដុះបណ្ដាល​យោធិន​កម្ពុជា​ ​ពីសំណាក់​អ្នកជំនាញ​ចិន​ ​និង​ការ​ធ្វើ​សមយុទ្ធ​នាគ​មាស​រួមគ្នា​ ​រវាង​ទ័ពជើង​គោក​ប្រទេស​ទាំងពីរ​ ​ដែល​នឹង​គ្រោង​ធ្វើជា​លើក​ទីបី​ ​នា​ខែមីនា​ ​ឆ្នាំ២០១៩​ ​ខាង​មុខនេះ។​

ស្រប​ពេល​ជាមួយគ្នា​នេះ​ដែរ​ ​ទំនាក់​ទំនង​រវាងរដ្ឋាភិបាលក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ​និងរដ្ឋាភិបាលក្រុង​វ៉ាស៊ីងតោន​ ​បាន​ស្គាល់​នូវ​ភាព​រកាំរកូស​ ​រួម​ទាំង​ផ្នែក​នយោបាយ​ ​និង​យោធា​ ​ខណៈ​ដែល​មានការ​ចោទប្រកាន់​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក​ថា​ ​បាន​ផ្ដល់​ការ​ជួយ​ទំនុកបម្រុង​ដល់​គណបក្សជំទាស់​ដែល​ត្រូវ​បាន​តុលាការ​រំលាយ​ចោល​ ​ក្នុង​ការ​តស៊ូប្រឆាំង​នឹង​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​នៃ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា។​

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Former Opposition Leader Warns of ‘Massacre’ Over Leaked Order to ‘Destroy’ CNRP

CFormer Opposition Leader Warns of ‘Massacre’ Over Leaked Order to ‘Destroy’ CNRP

20 February 2019

FILE PHOTO - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, right, talks with the main Opposition Party leader Sam Rainsy, left, of Cambodia National Rescue Party, after their meeting in Senate headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, July 22, 2012.
FILE PHOTO – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, right, talks with the main Opposition Party leader Sam Rainsy, left, of Cambodia National Rescue Party, after their meeting in Senate headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, July 22, 2012.

Hun Sen and other senior CPP officials have made threats prior to the July 2018 election that the opposition would be “destroyed” or “killed” if sanctions were implemented.PHNOM PENH — 

Cambodia’s former opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, has accused Prime Minister Hun Sen of plotting a “massacre” after a leaked audio recording apparently showed the long-ruling former Khmer Rouge commander saying the opposition would be “destroyed” if the European Union removed the country from a preferential trade scheme.

Hun Sen has also instructed police to arrest Rainsy if he follows through on a pledge to return to Cambodia this year. Rainsy is wanted on treason charges for allegedly conspiring with the United States to overthrow Hun Sen. Sokha lives under house arrest as his trial progresses, but thus far no evidence has been publicized that supports the government’s claim.

International pressure has been mounting on Hun Sen following a widespread crackdown on the opposition, civil society and the media. Last week, the European Union announced it had launched a formal procedure that would see Cambodia withdrawn from its Everything But Arms preferential trade scheme if Hun Sen does not introduce reforms. The United States is also considering similar sanctions.

Special Rapporteur of the UNs for Cambodia Prof. Rona Smith, and Country Rep. Hee Wan-Lee Courtesy: undp.org.fj

But Hun Sen and other senior Cambodian People’s Party officials have doubled down on threats made prior to the July 2018 election that the opposition would be “destroyed” or “killed” if sanctions were implemented.

Writing on his Facebook page this week, Rainsy said Hun Sen was not fulfilling his duty to ensure the safety of Cambodians.

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