Cambodian government refutes UN criticisms of internet gateway law

A person drives past the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications on Monivong Blvd, in Phnom Penh, June 7, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Cambodian government defended the country’s planned National Internet Gateway (NIG), after three UN Special Rapporteurs raised concerns, saying it could be used to suppress online freedom of expression.

Cambodia establishes an internet gateway, raising red flags

Cambodia will set up a national internet gateway that will allow the government to block online traffic and enhance data collection, according to a new directive signed Wednesday. CamboJA/Pring Samrang

The Cambodian government has put in place a national single internet gateway (NIG) system to optimize network management, it said, but also to control the flow of online traffic in the country.