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Sustaining community and media participation in promoting freedom of expression

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US$17 600.00

Cambodia is still suffering from the effects of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s and the ensuing years of civil strife. The legacy of these historical factors is manifold, but two major effects are the prevalence of a voiceless and fragmented civil society, unable or unwilling to speak up about basic rights, and the continuation of repressive or corrupt state systems. This is particularly noticeable in the constraints placed upon freedom of expression and media plurality in Cambodia. The adoption of the new penal code in 2010 potentially limits freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Despite the relatively high number of TV, radio and media publications in the country (10, 52 and over 100 respectively) self-censorship and political bias hamper independent reporting. According to Freedom House, journalists critical of the state remain vulnerable to threats or intimidation, and professional training opportunities are scarce. These factors contribute to Cambodia’s low ranking in the 2010 Index of Press Freedom: 128 out of 178 countries worldwide.
While recognizing that the problems facing independent media in Cambodia are complex and interlinked, this project is directly aimed at supporting marginalized and ethnic communities to express their views and interests through active participation in media broadcasting. In order to promote community participation about freedom of expression, this project will train 60 citizen journalists and actively involve them in the production of radio broadcasts from three target communes. This will build the capacity of communities to advocate for their rights in general (not only the right to freedom of expression), strengthen independent media networks and bolster media diversity in Cambodia.

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Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM)
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CCIM, a non-partisan NGO established in 2007, is one of the few independent media voices in Cambodia. Its mission is to strengthen independent and professional multi-media approaches, broaden audience access to high quality media and freedom of expression. Its annual income is approximately $600,000, garnered from both institutional donors and media business initiatives. CCIM has 36 fulltime employees (including 14 women) and is divided into three divisions: Administration and finance, Media Business, and Media Development (including production). CCIM produces radio materials as Voice of Democracy (VOD), and broadcasts via Radio Sarika to 8,480,000 people. CCIM has proven capacity to undertake the project, having extensive experience in community capacity building, freedom of expression and media coverage.

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House No. 14A, St. 392, Sangkat Boeng, Keng Kang I, Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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(+855) 12 598066
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Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Lee Jamie Hyo-Jin (

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Ms. Kong Keo Sokunthea, Media business manager for CCIM

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Romanea Commune, Sen Monorom District, Mondulkiri; La Ban Seat Commune, Ban Lok District, Rattanakiri

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