Media thrives in Cambodia

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Media plays a key role in democracy by enabling a diversity of views, providing multiple voices, promoting public dialogues and enhancing civic engagement.
 
The media has significantly contributed to building a pluralistic society in Cambodia. As such, the public has been better informed and become more actively engaged in social, cultural and political life.
 
Social media, particularly Facebook, is the main medium of media communication, particularly among young people. The flow of information, at a faster speed and with a larger coverage, is the main driving force of social transformation in the kingdom.
 
Research by the Asia Foundation in 2016 found about half of Cambodians had access to internet and social media.
 
However, irresponsible media may cause harm too by stirring social and political tensions and conflicts.
 
Some news reports may be harmful to individuals, organisations and societies, by inciting hatred and violent conflicts and damaging reputations.
 
Since its establishment, the Khmer Times has been under attack – likely driven by political motives – by some local newspapers that want to harm the reputation of their fledgling rival. Nonetheless, it survives and gets stronger day by day, with balanced and hard-hitting news, giving an avenue for voices to be heard – the views that will never be published by other English language newspapers in the country.
 
Khmer Times is trying to be objective and fair and does not serve any group’s interest but the public.  
 
As Khmer Times is celebrating its third anniversary, the world is facing de-globalisation. Nationalism and protectionism is re-emerging, which contribute to generating social and political tensions between states and societies.
 
The Asia Pacific region is experiencing unprecedented challenges deriving from the North Korea’s nuclear programme, the South China Sea issue, the China-US power struggle, and rising inequality within and between societies.Within such context, the Khmer Times is providing up to date news on the region and the world to help Cambodians make informed decisions, better adapt to changes, and stay resilient.
 
Chheang Vannarith
Singapore

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