RSF worried by Hun Sen regime’s repeated attacks on media freedom

first_imgMuch of the data used in the Global Witness report was taken from theCambodian commerce ministry’s own publicly available database.Significantly, this data has been removed from the ministry’swebsite since the report’s publication but it is still available on the Global Witness website. “The Cambodia Daily and the Phnom Penh Post areforeign newspapers that often try to find all venomous means andtricks to destroy the peace of Samdech Hun Sen,” the letter said.“(…) The two newspapers should reform themselves by working witha high code of ethics and be clearly responsible and beneficial toCambodia as a whole. Otherwise, Cambodia will have no choice but totake legal action and send all of you out of Cambodia.” CambodiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses CorruptionJudicial harassmentFreedom of expression “The reactions of all these officials and members of the primeminister’s family are outrageous even if not entirely surprising,”said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. The authorities announced a “vigorous” investigation after KemLey was gunned down in Phnom Penh on 10 July, but freedom ofinformation seems more endangered than ever and journalists continueto be the targets of threats and violent reprisals in connection withtheir activities. RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by a surge in threats to journalists and in media self-censorship in Cambodia, exacerbated by political commentator and anti-corruption activist Kem Ley’s murder a week ago, and urges the government to stop intimidating the media and flouting freedom of information. Help by sharing this information “We should rightly have expected a measured response addressing thesubstance of the allegations but instead we have seen intemperatecomments and even threats against the media, which have just beenserving the public interest. We caution Hun Sen’s governmentagainst any judicial reprisals against media outlets. Gagging thepress would just make things worse for him.” Organisation RSF_en Kem Ley’s murder came just days after he spoke on Radio FreeAsia about a report published by British human rights NGO GlobalWitness on 7 July describing how Prime Minister Hun Sen’s familyhave gained control of many of Cambodia’s most important companies. Follow the news on Cambodia When a journalist asked him about the letter, cabinet spokesman PhaySiphan seemed to give it at least partial approval. He said he wouldsummon the media to ensure that the situation did not escalate andadded, with a laugh: “I don’t want the messenger to get killed, myfriend.” News Both newspapers, which are among Cambodia’s leadingEnglish-language media outlets, had run stories about the report. HunMana is herself one of Cambodia’s four biggest media owners. One ofthe prime minister’s sons also accused the Global Witness reportand the media coverage of being “full of mistakes and falseinformation” designed to defame the family. Infography from Global Witness report “Hostile Takeover” The day the report was issued, one of the people named in it, HunMana, the prime minister’s eldest daughter, condemned the“destructive efforts” of Global Witness, the Phnom Pen Postand Cambodia Daily, and accused them of colluding to“disparage and defame the Hun family with false information”ahead of elections scheduled for 2017 and 2018. Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream Cambodia is ranked 128th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Google experiments drop Australian media from search results January 21, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further July 18, 2016 – Updated on March 24, 2017 RSF worried by Hun Sen regime’s repeated attacks on media freedom CambodiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses CorruptionJudicial harassmentFreedom of expression News News On the day of his murder, the interior ministry issued a statementwarning both Cambodians and the international community against “delivering unconfirmed information which could potentiallymislead the public.” February 24, 2021 Find out more News The sensitivity of the Global Witness report, entitled “Hostile Takeover,” was also apparent from the anonymous threatening letterthat was sent to the two newspapers and was posted on thepro-government website Fresh Newspro-government website Fresh News under the title “Behaviourplunging Cambodians into a bonfire of war because of foreigners.”It was accompanied by a Nazi propaganda cartoon to which the names ofthe NGO and the two newspapers had been added. December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

OnTheMarket to have 17,200 branches listing by 2021, claims City broker

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » OnTheMarket to have 17,200 branches listing by 2021, claims City broker previous nextMarketingOnTheMarket to have 17,200 branches listing by 2021, claims City brokerBriefing document makes claim as portal’s CEO claims it has been instrumental in reducing Rightmove’s average number of leads generated per branch.Nigel Lewis5th March 201901,019 Views OnTheMarket is expecting to have 17,200 estate agent branches listing on its platform in three years’ time, a briefing document from its City broker has revealed, 5,000 more than it does today.Zeus Capital’s projections for the business reveal that if OTM can convert its  ‘introductory offer’ customers into fee paying ones then it will earn £388 a month on average from each agent by 2021.This will generate £64 million in revenue for the portal from estate agent listings and an overall profit after tax of £27.4 million.The prediction coincides with an assault on Rightmove by Ian Springett, CEO of OTM (below), who claims his portal’s marketing and agent recruitment efforts have helped bring about a small decline in Rightmove agent numbers.In a letter to OTM member agents seen by The Negotiator, Springett highlights his rival’s recent annual results, claiming that “we have already disrupted the duopoly of Rightmove and Zoopla and believe we are reaching a crunch point for agents.”Rightmove results last week revealed that the number of leads it generates for agents had dropped, down from 210 leads per advertiser per month in 2015 to 171 in 2018.“Although NAEA Propertymark is reporting an overall downturn in buyer enquiries in January, we believe that the fall in Rightmove’s lead generation may also result from the substantial growth in leads delivered by OnTheMarket,” says Ian Springett.Rightmove’s figures also reveal that the number of agents listing with the portal declined last year by nearly 300. Ian Springett Rightmove OnTheMarket OTM March 5, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more