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13 February 2018
- The National Assembly is set to vote on controversial legal amendments on Wednesday, including a lèse majesté law, while the president of the body in charge of reviewing the changes said yesterday the government also has plans for a law to regulate social media.
After a meeting about the amendments to the Constitution and Criminal Code, Legislation and Justice Committee President Chheang Vun told reporters the committee had received the draft amendments and had sent a report to the upcoming plenary session for review.
“We need to put a heavy punishment in the law related to attacking and impacting, directly or indirectly, the king’s honour and power,” he said. A similar lèse majesté law is already in place in Thailand, where it has been used to punish political dissent.
The constitutional amendments include restrictions on freedom of association and political participation, and have attracted criticism from rights groups, especially since they were drafted behind closed doors.
Meanwhile, Vun yesterday unexpectedly turned to another potential law that would affect free speech.
“I would like to inform that in Cambodia, we will make a law about the use of social media in order to protect the nation and Cambodian people and our society,” he said.
“The one who comments and the owner of the account must be punished,” he continued, adding that other countries already had created such laws. If users were “attacking public figures illegally without evidence”, he said, the account owner could be considered at fault.
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This isn't just about idiots threatening to blow up the assembly or announcing the death of the dear leader on facebook.pczz wrote: ↑Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:10 pm I find it ironic. Social media spies on everything you do. Employers and governments check your accounts all the time. You almost cannot get a job unless you have 3 million "friends' in facebook that your prospective employer things are good sales leads. You would not walk into town wearing a clapboard insulting the government but you would post the same thing online? if you are that dumb you get what you deserve. Facebook and twitter and all the other nonsense "social media" sites have given governments the world over the perfect tool to detect and suppress anything they want. Why should Cambodia be any different? Better off talking about politics over a coffee or a beer with real friends in real places
It looks like they're targeting forums owners etc too.“The one who comments and the owner of the account must be punished"
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