PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – A draft law on cybercrime isn’t going to restrict freedom of expression on the web, said Minister of Posts and Telecommunication Prak Sokhon.
Mr. Sokhon made the statement on Monday during a signing ceremony for the construction of an undersea broadband link.
He said that any criticism of the law makes very little sense considering the lengths the country has gone to making internet access more widespread. “If the government wants to restrict freedom of expression, why would we urge so much investment in the internet, like today?”
Mr. Sokhon also addressed the letter from Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan that requested the Ministry of Posts and Ministry of Interior take action against people who insult government officials.
“This issue is related to two aspects, legal and technical,” he said.
If people who were insulted online file a complaint and get a court order, the Ministry of Posts will act on that, he said.
“For technical reasons, [the Ministry of Posts] will have to take action against the owner of internet service,” Mr. Sokhon said.
In the case of Mr. Siphan, the ministry would have to contact Facebook’s headquarters in the US. Mr. Sokhon said that although the ministry has sent inquiries to Facebook, they have yet to receive a response.