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Civil society and the media after Hun Sen’s crackdown

A discussion about how civil society organisations and the media are adapting to growing authoritarianism in Cambodia, recorded at the Cambodia on the Brink conference at the Australian National University on 9 March 2018.

The run up to Cambodia’s July 2018 elections has seen the curtailment of political freedoms, an increase in politically motivated prosecutions, and the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). On 9 March 2018, the ANU hosted a special forum that brought together scholars, political leaders, and civil society to discuss the effects of Hun Sen’s crackdown, place the current crisis of democratic space in its historical context, and consider the possible ways forward for Cambodia.

On this panel, speakers discuss how civil society organisations and the media are adapting to growing authoritarianism in Cambodia. You can listen to the audio of the discussion in the box above or at New Mandala’s Soundcloud page, where you’ll also find more audio content from ANU and New Mandala public events. You can also subscribe to all of New Mandala’s audio releases at iTunes and the Apple podcast app.


Preap Kol | Executive Director, Transparency International Cambodia

Julia Wallace | Journalist

Billy Chia-Lung Tai | Human rights consultant


Assoc Prof Sango Mahanty | Australian National University

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Gareth Evans on confronting Hun Sen

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