The Internet and Freedom of Expression in Cambodia

Cambodian Internet users overwhelmingly see the country’s Internet as increasingly becoming more accommodating of free expression but remain concerned about the effects of recently proposed government actions related to Internet surveillance and controls, according to the results of a study by CCIM, which surveyed almost 1,000 Cambodian Internet users from 22 provinces.

The study aims to address a shortage of information regarding Cambodian Internet users’ online behaviors and perceptions on Internet rights.

Key findings from the research include:

– Almost 76% of Cambodians feel the Internet is becoming increasingly freer.

– Almost 63% of Cambodians feel free to express their opinions on the Internet.

– 88% of Cambodians say they would not feel free to express their opinions online were the government to begin monitoring and controlling online activity.

– Just over 59% say the Internet plays a positive role in Cambodian politics.

– More than four out of five Cambodians check Facebook every day.

These and other notable findings and recommendations can be found in the full research report. Based on a power analysis, these and other survey findings can be extrapolated to all Cambodian Internet users with 95% confidence.

Go to the Cambodian Center for Independent Media to download the report.