New report: Cambodian government heightens online oppression

A man uses his smartphone at a coffee shop along a street in Phnom Penh, September 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A new report by Bangkok-based non-profit Asia Center shows that the Cambodian government is using online-related legislation to further oppress and threaten civic freedom. The report calls on the government to repeal articles that can be used to curtail the exercise of freedom of expression.

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.

Local ISP concerned about costs and data security with new internet gateway

A local ISP has raised concerns over new costs and network reliability issues with the national internet gateway, which was decreed in a government directive last week. CamboJA/Pring Samrang

Internet service provider MekongNet said it was concerned about network reliability and potential costs attached to a newly-issued sub-decree establishing a national internet gateway (NIG) that would see it exert control over Cambodians’ online communications.

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.