Science & Technology

Youth Activist Says Social Media Has ‘Power’ in Cambodia

Cambodian men are using internet at a coffee shop in Phnom Penh, file photo. Cambodian men are using internet at a coffee shop in Phnom Penh, file photo.
x
Cambodian men are using internet at a coffee shop in Phnom Penh, file photo.
Cambodian men are using internet at a coffee shop in Phnom Penh, file photo.
Say MonyVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - Social media has the power to help Cambodia correct some of its social ills, including corruption and the abuse of power, a youth activist says.

Tim Malay, head of the Cambodian Youth Network, told “Hello VOA” on Monday that YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, growing rapidly in popularity, help people share information on politics, economics, government and other important realms of daily life.

“When more and more people know the information and others start talking about it, those committing the wrongdoings must be embarrassed and thus change their attitudes,” he said.

More than 740,000 Cambodians now have Facebook accounts, according to the tracking site socialbakers.com. Much of the Internet use enjoyed by Cambodians is for social and entertainment purposes.

But Malay said Monday that the potential for more useful content is there, including the sharing, through video and photos, of rights abuses and other wrongdoing. Police violence against citizens, petty extortion at parking lots and other everyday abuses of power can be documented and shared, he said.

Youth Activist Says Social Media Has ‘Power’ in Cambodia
Youth Activist Says Social Media Has ‘Power’ in Cambodia i
|| 0:00:00
...  
🔇
X

For now, none of that has led to any official action, he said. But that could change.

Meanwhile, some fear that the freedom of information on the Internet is already facing challenges.

“If more and more bad actions of the government are posted online,” said one caller to the show Monday, “then they could consider creating a cyberlaw to suppress that.”
Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
'World’s Best Rice' Title Could Boost Cambodian Rice Exportsi
X
25 November 2014
For the third year in a row, Cambodia’s premier rice has been voted the world’s best at the World Rice Conference. The award, which it shares this year with Thailand, comes at a time when Cambodia is looking at rice exports as a way to increase incomes for its many impoverished subsistence farmers.

English with Mani & Mori

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)i
X
24 November 2014
You can say, "I was 'all thumbs' this morning when trying to tie this tie - I kept making mistakes and just couldn't figure a way to pull it together." What does it mean? Watch here.
Video

Video All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)

You can say, "I was 'all thumbs' this morning when trying to tie this tie - I kept making mistakes and just couldn't figure a way to pull it together." What does it mean? Watch here.
Video

Video Carry Out (Movie: Jane Eyre)

You can say, "He has many strong qualities as a leader and under his leadership I think he will successfully 'carry out' the new mission and vision for this company." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
Video

Video A Wake Up Call (Movie: Limitless)

You can say, "The visit to the doctor was definitely 'a wake up call' for him. The heavy drinking, smoking, and partying every night needs to stop." What does it mean? For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)

You can say, "I can't believe he's not accepting responsibility for his mistakes. To 'save face' he continues to make excuses for himself." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
See more >>>