VOD's License Officially Revoked by Ministry of Information

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PHNOM PENH: On February 13, 2023, the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM), the official operating and managing entity of Voice of Democracy (VOD), located at 14A, Street 392, Village 9, Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang I, Khan Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh, was informed that its license had been revoked.

The Royal Government of Cambodia's honor and reputation were damaged, and the media outlet refused to correct errors in accordance with the law, according to the Ministry of Information, which announced that VOD's license was being revoked.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday that he was unable to accept the letter from VOD expressing regret since it contained a request for forgiveness rather than an apology. In error, VOD claimed that Lt. Gen. Hun Manet, son of the Prime Minister, authorized Cambodia's humanitarian donation to Turkey on his father's behalf.

The Ministry of Information was directed by the Prime Minister to revoke the media outlet's license starting at 10 am on February 13, 2023.

Prime Minister Hun Sen received a second letter from VOD expressing regret, but he did not modify his mind and instructed the Ministry of Information to cancel the media license.

VOD was founded by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights on January 16, 2003. (CCHR). The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) was founded in 2007 and is officially recognized as the regulating body of VOD and an NGO by the Ministry Of interior.