The Moneaksekar Khmer (Khmer Conscience) was established in 1994 by the opposition activist Dam Sith, an ardent supporter of the Sam rainsy Party. In 1998, the Ministry of Information ordered a private printing house to stop publishing it, arguing he had not authorized the paper to resume publication after the 1997 Coup ousting Prince Ranarridh. In 2008, it faced 18 lawsuits lodged by the government for defamation, disinformation and incitement. It went into voluntary closure on 8th July 2009 after its editor, Mr. Dam Sith, sent a letter of apology to Prime Minister Hun Sen, offering to stop the publication to avoid the lawsuits. It resumed publishing in 2010 and was again threatened with a lawsuit after accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen of using the military to illegally gain votes in the national polls in the 2013 National elections.
From 1997 to 2008, The Moneaksekar Khmer was also the newsroom of Khem Sambo, a hard-hitting reporter for the paper, who was killed with his son after the paper published an article critical of high-level corruption.
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The Cambodian media landscape counts at least two new outlets, a TV and a newspaper. Since the former started its daily activity and the latter its broadcasting in 2015, MOM decided not to include as most relevant medium. With less than a year of existence, the audience shares would not be representative of their popularity.
It can be highlighted, however, that their growth is taking place rapidly and their strategy seems more aggressive than the existing media on the market. Both are now hiring journalists and newsroom staffs from existing newsrooms, heightening the competition on both TV and print sectors, which are already highly concentrated.