Some news media outlets face the loss of their accreditation by the General Department of Information and Broadcasting in 2018.
On Friday Phos Sovann, general director of General Department of Information and Broadcasting, attended the workshop on “Peace and Security Medias in Cambodia” in Chamkar Mon district. He said that some of the 500 media outlets, among them websites, have been warned in writing by the tax department.
If they continue to not respond Mr Sovann will have them taken off the list of accredited media outlets. “I have requested that this action be taken, but the information minister has yet to approve it.”
Mr Sovann said that for their own safety, journalists should inform local authorities or provincial information departments when they research in the provinces.
Vann Puthipol, deputy director of the General Department of Taxation, another participant, said that all news media must respect the law, register with the ministry of information and pay taxes.
Pen Bona, president of Club of Cambodian Journalists and editor-in-chief of PNN said, “We are journalists, so we must respect the ethics of journalism and comply with the law. In the past journalists were arrested … [for not doing this].”
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