Facebook Affects Negatively Cambodian Society

Club of Cambodian Journalists (CCJ) has organised here on Wednesday a Roundtable Discussion on "Social Media Users and Ethics: The Role of Media in Cambodia", under the support of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).

Speaking on the occasion, Information Minister H.E. Khieu Kanharith noted a higher number of social media, mainly Facebook, users in Cambodia compared with other countries, and those users have been facing with ethics and social culture.

The ministry does not worry about the users who are journalists, but about those who are the general public because some of them may face legal action due to the expression in their own account, added H.E. Minister.

H.E. Khieu Kanharith reiterated that information on Facebook is a semi-final product, it is not fully comprehensive like that in traditional media.

Mr. Pen Bona, President of CCJ, said the roundtable discussion is aimed to promote the use of social media with responsibility and ethics in contribution to the sustainable socio-development.

Anyway, Mr. Leang Deluxe, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Thmey Thmey online news, recognised that the information shared on Facebook is a news source for professional journalists, but they need to confirm it before disseminating to the general public who have the right to believe or not based on their critical thinking.

According to him, there are more than 4.3 million Facebook users in Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press