September 19, 2008

Cambodian Ministry to Have 20-Computer ‘Internet Cafe’ for Reporters ‘Next Year’

Text of report in English by Cambodian state news agency AKP website

Cambodian Information Ministry to Open Net Cafe for Journalists

Phnom Penh, September 18, 2008 AKP -

The Cambodian Ministry of Information has announced a plan to build an Internet cafe at its office next year, with the aim of giving journalists access to information and resources related to their work, according to Chinese News Agency.

"Some media institutions do not have the ability to connect to the Internet for their staff to do research," Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said.

"We will put 20 computers in the Internet cafe and make available many important (government) documents for reports," he said.

Journalists would be required to pay the ministry a small fee to use the resources, but Khieu Kanharith said it would be cheaper than commercial cafes.

"The Ministry of Information is the best source for all reporters, so it will be wonderful if this plan goes ahead," he added. - AKP

Originally published by Agence Kampuchea Presse website, Phnom Penh, in English 18 Sep 08.

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