Conference in Phnom Penh promotes freedom of information in Cambodia
In Phnom Penh, The World Press Freedom Day 2010 was celebrated on 4 May with the one-day conference co-organised by UNESCO and the UN Office for Human Rights. The celebration was held at the National Institute of Education (NIE) and was attended by representatives of the Cambodian media, members of the Cambodian government, donors, NGOs, media students and members of the Cambodian indigenous and Cham communities.
The following partners contributed to the preparation of the event: the Ministry of Information, the Press Council of Cambodia (PCC), the Club of Cambodian Journalists (CCJ), the Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM) and the Department of Media and Communications (DMC).
After a minute of silence to honour the journalists who paid with their lives for our right to know, each panellist made a presentation on this year's theme, Freedom of Information: The Right to Know. Some 200 participants interacted with the panellists to explore the importance of freedom of information as an integral part of freedom of expression and democratic governance in Cambodia.
An exclusive afternoon session provided the opportunity to all Cambodian Journalists' Associations and Clubs to discuss the Common Code of Ethics for Journalists in Cambodia and to draft the Cambodian Declaration on Freedom of Information.
A video clip, produced by Cambodian media students, the indigenous young people working for the UNESCO-supported Ratanakiri Community Radio and the Cham Iman San community, was projected during the conference. It brought to the Conference opinions, perspectives and concerns related to freedom of information from different areas of the country and their diverse communities.
Key actors of the Cambodian media sector joined forces at the event in order to promote freedom of information in Cambodia by strengthening the local institutions, by providing the necessary training to information professionals and community media developers, and by fostering greater openness within Cambodian public sectors and greater awareness among the Cambodian public.