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The Ministry of Information revoked the license of news website Khmer Cover TV (KCTV) on 16 January 2023 after finding that the news institution has committed ‘serious ethical violations’.
According to the Information Ministry’s statement signed by the Minister, KCTV has committed serious ethical violations of the journalism profession and has twice refused to follow the Ministry’s guardianship instruction, which is contrary to the business contract of the applicant’s deposited with the Ministry of Information. However, the statement did not mention any specific case of ethical violation.
The digital news outlet was among the three media outlets which had their licenses cancelled once on 15 March 2022 by the Information Ministry for “publishing information that violated journalistic professional ethics and corporate contracts.” The Ministry revised its decision on 18 July 2022, allowing the three media outlets to resume its operation.