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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

US to help develop Kingdom's cybercrime law


A screenshot of Prime Minister Hun Sen's official website after it was defaced by a hacker yesterday. Photo supplied
A screenshot of Prime Minister Hun Sen's official website after it was defaced by a hacker yesterday. Photo supplied

As a hacker yet again defaced the personal website of Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday, a Justice Ministry spokesman announced that the US would help the Kingdom develop its controversial draft cybercrime bill, which observers have long feared will be used to crack down on government critics.
Following a meeting between US Ambassador William Heidt and Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana yesterday morning, Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin said the US had volunteered to help “guarantee that the preparation of this law is not going to restrict freedom of expression”.
“In July a working group from the Ministry of Justice and relevant working groups from the telecom and interior ministries will visit Washington in order to study, learn and exchange experience with the US in drafting and implementing a cybercrime law,” Malin said, adding that the bill was “moving forward”.
Long in the works, the cybercrime bill was shelved in 2014 following a public backlash to clauses that criminalised content that “slanders or undermines” the government or public officials, or affects “political cohesiveness”.
A second draft obtained by the Post last December appeared to have dropped the controversial clauses, though fears of the legislation’s potential misuse have remained, given several recent cases of authorities targeting people over comments made on social media.


Yesterday, US embassy spokesman Jay Raman declined to discuss the cybercrime bill cooperation. Raman said in an email Heidt’s visit to the Justice Minister was a courtesy call that covered a broad range of issues including “cooperation in the fight against trafficking in persons, rule of law, and the current political situation”.
As more citizens go online, the internet has become an increasingly important political battleground in Cambodia.
In a bid to win over younger voters, Hun Sen has ramped up his online presence, though the premier has proved sensitive to online attacks.
In yet another such case, a hacker, identifying as part of the global “hacktivist” group Anonymous, yesterday defaced the premier’s website a second time, plastering it with photos of violence by Cambodian security forces against citizens. The hacker, who warned the premier in May that more attacks would follow if he did not “stop hurting people”, yesterday vowed his campaign would continue.
“This is the second blow or slap because Samdech continues to cause problems in the past few days,” read text posted on the website, which was shut down following the attack. “Stop hurting other people; if not, you will get a third blow.”
Following the initial hack, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications said it was waiting for data from the page’s administrators to trace the hacker’s origin. Yesterday, however, ministry spokesman Khov Makara referred questions to the Interior Ministry, whose representatives could not be reached.
Additional reporting by Shaun Turton

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is US helping the cpp monkeys to suppress the free speech it deems to be a core of democracy.
If these monkeys are so smart and why do they need the US help with cyber crime laws any way?
Why would US want to help these monkeys in a dictatorial regime to establish a law they would use against its people?
The obama's administration is a hypocrite.

Kim Ea said...

He is not just a hypocrite ,but a pinhead communist sympathizer too .

Anonymous said...

[Why would US want to help these monkeys in a dictatorial regime to establish a law they would use against its people?
The obama's administration is a hypocrite. ]

posted on here long time ago about him and his minions... of course they are all taking orders from higher up who want to destroy US democracy [ research all the executive orders and laws that he signed ] and implement one world gov where they [ a group of white men ] will decide everything... they call it new world order or NWO.. research that word and educate . and as i have stated many times that Hun sen is doing exactly what they want otherwise they would have had their CIA agent take care of him long time ago... have you read an article just out recently about CIA's hand in Dap Chhoun murder during sihanouk years... CIA can take out any leader they want directly or indirectly.

Anonymous said...



“CIA can take out any leader they want directly or indirectly.”

You must be kidding, right?
Just answer a very simple question.
Why didn’t the CIA take Hồ Chí Minh, Võ Nguyên Giáp or Phạm Văn Đồng out during the height of the Vietnam War?
Write something that makes sense, would you?


Anonymous said...

[Why didn’t the CIA take Hồ Chí Minh, Võ Nguyên Giáp or Phạm Văn Đồng out during the height of the Vietnam War? ]

because these people served them a purpose usually money is involved somebody will stand to make plenty of money during a war and US is the number one weapons manufacturers in the world ( last year alone it made 46.6 billions dollars )...when they no longer needed them or when they betrayed them , then they will be taken out... just like saddam hussein -- used to be best friend to US gov-- [ for wanting to stop taking US dollars for sale of oil ], and Qaddafi-- best friend to french gov-- ( for wanting to create money back by gold and not taking US dollars for sale of oil ) and there are plenty more examples out there ... you need to do more research on your own and quit following blindly what is said on the TV..

Anonymous said...

You don’t have a clue!
During the Vietnam War, the US and the Allied military deaths were 282,000, and at least 95% of them were American, that does not include the NV, VC and civilians’ death.
And the war cost America $686 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars.
Can you get your head out of your butt and tell me how much money did the American make in selling the weapons to make the profit including the loss of lives?
Does it make any sense to you?
Do some researches before you write!
Or you should have your head checked!