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Hun Sen's Cambodia

Facebook now 'crucial' news source in run-up to Cambodia election

Hun Sen government extends media crackdown to social networks

More and more Cambodians are shunning pro-government TV channels in favor of social networks as a source of news.   © Reuters

PHNOM PENH -- The Cambodian government is taking no chances on being challenged at the polls this month, having extended its media crackdown to social networks.

Facebook has emerged as a vital news source with almost all independent media outlets now banned or obstructed. But the government announced last week that it would take action against websites and social media users that post "fake news."

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