Cambodia generally ranks near the bottom of worldwide press freedom indices due to government control and influence over the media, and threats and violence against journalists. To reduce the risks its reporters face in the field, CCIM plans to host a tailored safety training on physical and information security. Indeed, security is an essential precursor to press freedom, as CCIM is particularly aware of following a violent attack on one of its reporters in 2014.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In 2014, Cambodia’s media sector was categorized as “Not Free” by Freedom House and ranked by Reporters Without Borders at 139 out of 180 countries worldwide for press freedom. Journalists are subjected to routine violence and physical harassment for their coverage of controversial issues that negate the government narrative or are harmful to the interests of powerful individuals. Moreover, 2014 was the deadliest year for Cambodian journalists since the political turmoil of the 1997 coup.
How will this project solve this problem?
In order to create a safe environment for journalists in Cambodia, extensive training is needed to improve reporters’ responses when faced with threats or dangerous situations related to their reporting. By bringing in international security experts to provide hands-on trainings, journalists will have increased confidence to conduct investigations safely.
Potential Long Term Impact
The project will provide 90 Citizen/ professional journalists with concrete knowledge about security and safety measures that can be implemented while they are reporting and investigating in at least 18 provinces of Cambodia. The project will empower the media workers and will promote freedom of the press and access to independent, true and accurate information.
Total Funding Received to Date: $13
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $16,592
Total Funding Goal: $16,605
A Dhamma Talk on Vipassana and mindfulness meditation by Vipassana Gossalaya Jotannano Hong Keo, Vipassana Buddhist Master during a 10-Day Meditation & Vipassana Retreats at the Buddhist Meditation Center, Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam on the 11th Waxing Moon – 7th Waning Moon of Jeṭṭha B.E.2560 equivalent to June 15 – 26, A.D.2016 in Leverett, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 2016.
ក្រុងសាវត្ថី Sāvatthī or Śrāvastī
Vipassana chanting by Meditation Master Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun. Footages from 2016 Vipassana classes at the Buddhist Meditation Center – Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts, USA.
SAMDECH CHUON NATH
Khmer literature and Dhamma talk by His Holiness Jotannano Chuon Nath, the Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia Buddhism. His Holiness was born on March 11, 1883; passed away on September 25, 1969
MAHA GHOSANANDA SERVICES
Extraordinary Funeral and Memorial Services for His Holiness Samdech Dr. Maha Ghosananda