Updated: Life and Sport’s License revoked, accused of violating professionalism

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Life and Sport News’s license has been revoked by the Ministry of Information for “severely” violating the professionalism and journalism ethics.
According to the ministry statement, the license was revoked on March 15, 2024, claiming that the media outlet owner did not follow the ministry’s advice, violating the legal document.
The ministry said the outlet runs two websites and a Facebook page. One website http://www.lifeandsports.news/ has been blocked but www.lifeandsport.online and the Facebook page remain active.
The publisher of Life and Sport News told CamboJA on March 18, 2024, that the ministry sent him a letter revoking the license on March 18.
He said he did not receive any prior warning from the ministry which considered the case as a “violation of professionalism” because he published critical news.
The ministry spokesman told CamboJA that the revocation was done after it received many complaints that the media outlet was violating professionalism.
In February, CamboJA documented the legal threats against Life and Sport News, after it exposed an alleged corruption involving the president of the Stung Treng provincial health department.
On February 19, 2024, the provincial health department issued a letter rejecting the report, saying that the information in the publication was not properly fact-checked, that the journalist disseminated false information and lacked professionalism.
The provincial health department asked for justification for the report, adding that if the media outlet refused to make a correction, legal action would be taken.
Life and Sports told CamboJA that their report was in accordance with the facts they obtained, and the evidence was adequate to warrant an article, thereby refusing to correct the report.

Information
Number of attacked persons or entities related to media
1
Do they work as freelance or media?
Yes
Position in media
Status of journalists
Gender
Unknown
Age
Country
Phnom Penh Capital
Full name or name of group
Identified
The name of perpetrator (individual/group)
Ministry of Information
Attack mention about gender background/sexual wording?
No
Date of incident
Type of incident
Closure or suspension of media outlet by authority
Please type the data source here (text)
CamboJA interviewed with publisher and ministry of information