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CCHR launches Harassment of Media 2008-2011 map

(CCHR/IFEX) - 3 May 2012 - On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) today, 3 May 2012, publishes our “Harassment of Media 2008-2011” map. The information published on the map is public information on cases of restrictions or alleged restrictions of the right to freedom of expression involving the media. The information is gathered from news media in Khmer or English or from relevant publications by non-governmental and other organizations between 2008 and 2011.

The study conducted by CCHR examined incidents involving individuals working throughout the media industry, including journalists, publishers, television presenters and photographers. The study found a total of 123 reported cases involving freedom of expression and the media from the end of 2007 to December 2011, involving 257 different freedom of expression related acts. These cases occurred in 18 provinces.

Over 50% of the reported cases occurred in the two largest cities in Cambodia, Phnom Penh (40.6%) and Siem Reap (16.2%). The provinces that Prey Lang forest touches (Kampong Thom, Kratie, Preah Vihear and Steung Treng) amounted to 16.2% of the entire reported cases. 12.1% of reported cases were found in provinces along the Vietnamese border (Ratanakiri, Kratie, Kampong Cham, Kandal and Takeo).

The Harassment of Media 2008-2011 map is hosted by the award winning CCHR hosted Cambodian Human Rights Portal.

The information presented on the map is also available to download as an Excel spreadsheet.

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