Interview with Cambodian Minister of Information: Chinese Media Plays an Important Role


(INNews)On the afternoon of October 3rd, a delegation led by Amo, the General Manager of Influence Media Company, Kay, the Chief Editor of News, and popular young internet personality BaFido, visited the newly appointed Minister of Information in Cambodia, Neth Pheaktra. They engaged in a deep discussion and exchange of ideas regarding the development of Chinese-language media in Cambodia and the current state of the news industry.

01 Chinese Media Plays an Important Role

During the meeting, Neth Pheaktra pointed out the current state of Chinese-language media in Cambodia. Besides Chinese-language media, there are several foreign language media outlets registered with the Ministry of Information, including English, French, and Arabic, with an estimated number in the hundreds. He emphasized the Ministry’s support and welcome for the establishment of more foreign language media outlets in Cambodia. He stressed the importance of disseminating information in foreign languages, with Chinese being a significant component due to its over one billion speakers in China. He believed that through the power of media, Cambodia’s national development, economic progress, and human stories could reach the Chinese people and other Chinese-speaking countries.

Neth Pheaktra stated that by using Chinese-language media for communication, the Ministry of Information believes that information related to Cambodia will be spread more widely worldwide. In addition to language-based content, Cambodia’s diverse ethnicities, including English, French, and Arabic speakers, contribute to the country’s national media landscape, alongside other broadcast media outlets.

Neth Pheaktra added that Cambodia has seen significant Chinese investment, and having a Chinese-language newspaper can provide essential information for Chinese individuals looking to do business or invest in Cambodia. Furthermore, Chinese-language publications serve as a source of knowledge for the Chinese diaspora and a means for Cambodian people to learn and expand their knowledge of the Chinese language. Neth Pheaktra expressed confidence in Chinese media reporting in Khmer and Chinese.

02 Hoping for More Internet Influencers to Promote Cambodian Tourism

“With the thriving development of online videos, we eagerly hope for more internet influencers to actively promote the unique charm of Cambodia,” emphasized Neth Pheaktra. Cambodia boasts a rich history, culture, and traditions worth exploring and understanding. He encouraged more media companies to delve into various aspects of Cambodian information, including its economy and culture, and spread Cambodia’s positive image worldwide.

Neth Pheaktra specifically mentioned that Cambodia has produced notable internet influencers, such as “BaFiDo,” who has millions of followers. His video content is beloved by people in Cambodia and China, among other places, further proving Cambodia’s appeal and ability to attract more attention.

Neth Pheaktra warmly welcomed more media organizations and influencers to actively showcase the beauty and unique culture of Cambodia to the public.

03 Hoping INNews Conveys Objective and Genuine News

Neth Pheaktra conveyed his expectations to INNews, hoping that the media would promote peace and development in Cambodia by adhering to the principles of objectivity and fairness in news reporting. He wished for INNews to help the Chinese people understand the truth about Cambodia and recognize the potential for peace, development, and harmonious living in the country.

Neth Pheaktra hoped that INNews would broadcast accurate information in Khmer and Chinese, providing the Cambodian people with essential information and actively preventing the spread of false trade information. Furthermore, he expressed strong support for INNews and encouraged the utilization of news content from the Cambodian Press Agency (AKP) and the Ministry of Information, with only the requirement of crediting AKP as the source during reproduction.