Cambodia to monitor online news ahead of election hinh anh 1Cambodian citizens queue to cast ballots at Senate election on February 25 (Source: VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA) - Cambodia will monitor and control online news intended to cause “instability” ahead of the July general election, according to an official notice released by the government on June 4.

The notice said that the Cambodian government will control news contents, writings, audios, pictures, videos, and other forms of news which aim to cause instability.

Authorities will also require Internet service providers to have software and equipment to filter or block websites, accounts or social media pages that “broadcast in violation of the law”.

The government said the move aims to control contents which lead to the destruction of national defence, security and relationships with other countries, public order, culture, and national tradition.

In the general election, scheduled for July 29, Cambodian voters will vote for 125 parliamentarians. Cambodia’s National Election Committee issued a notice recognising 20 parties eligible for the election.

The royal police force will deploy 80,000 security officers to ensure safety and order during the event.-VNA