While the media coverage of the environment in Cambodia is still limited, the brand new Cambodian Environmental Journalism Network (CEJN) has urged media organizations to make more comprehensive coverage of the environment for the public in cooperation with media in neighboring countries.
Mr. Moeun Chhean Nariddh, Director of the Cambodia Institute for Media Studies, which established the CEJN, made this appeal during the official launching of the CEJN in Phnom Penh on 12 December 2016.
Mr. Moeun Chhean Nariddh, Director of the Cambodia Institute for Media Studies (Photo: Apsara News Network)
He said the CEJN understood that journalists should work with each other regardless of borders by having Thai, Vietnamese, Burmese and Lao journalists cooperate with journalists in Cambodia in order to share stories on the environment. As a result, he said the Mekong Partnership for the Environment encouraged the Cambodia Institute for Media Studies to establish the CEJN.
He said CEJN would build journalists’ capacity and knowledge about the environment through trainings on environmental reporting.
Mr. May Tithara, Advisor to CEJN, said the network would be helpful for journalists who wanted to do stories on the environment, because journalists in neighboring countries could cooperate with Cambodian journalists who could also cooperate with journalists in those countries in order to make their stories more complete.
The mission of CEJN is to enhance the knowledge and skills of Cambodian journalists in producing more quality and effective stories on the environment in order to preserve the environment in Cambodia and in the region.
Translated local news from Apsara News Network and edited for clarity.
Lead Photo: Regional Journalists interviewed a local fisherman on the impacts of Don Sahong Dam, at a journalism workshop run in partnership wit The Mekong Eye and our Mekong Matters Journalism Network (Photo: MPE)