13 January 1998


Newspapers suspended

Incident details

legal action

(WAN/IFEX) - According to reports, on 8 January the Ministry of Information
suspended several newspapers on the grounds that they had insulted national
leaders and threatened national security. The Ministry ordered the seizure
of all copies of these newspapers and warned printing companies that
authorities would punish those who violated the order. The newspapers
affected by the suspension are Samleng Samapheap, Antarakum, Kumnit Kaun
Khmer, Proyuth, Neak Tosu and Kolvoth Angkor.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • reminding them that the suspension of newspapers represents a clear
    violation of the right to "seek, receive, and impart information and ideas
    of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in
    print" guaranteed in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and
    Political Rights, to which Cambodia is a signatory
  • urging them to take every possible step to ensure that the publishing ban
    is lifted immediately and that government intimidation of the press is halted

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Prince Norodom Ranariddh
    First Prime Minister
    Office of the Council of Ministers
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    Fax: +855 23 26144

    H.E. Chea Sim
    President of the National Assembly
    Fax: +855 23 27769

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    World Association of Newspapers
    7 Rue Geoffroy St. Hilaire
    75005 Paris
    contact_us (@) wan.asso.fr
    Fax:+33 14 742 4948
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