The Executive Director of the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM), Pa Nguon Teang, has announced his resignation after working for 16 years at the institution promoting press freedom in Cambodia.
Nguon Teang is the founder and executive director of CCIM, which was established in June 2007.
The prominent local independent media group works to advance freedom of the press, access to information, and freedom of expression. In order to achieve these goals, CCIM runs the multi-media Voice of Democracy (VoD) program, which includes radio, online news, and online TV.
Through this program, youth and community members are trained as citizen journalists, provincial radio stations are networked to support freedom of expression, and digital rights and a law on access to information are advocated for in Cambodia.
Prior to founding CCIM, he served as vice president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), which he also co-founded, from November 2002 until June 2007.
After working at CCIM for 16 years, today he officially announced his resignation.
He posted on his Facebook account that he has officially resigned from CCIM on August 31.
“I resigned from CCIM on August 31, 2023. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the board of directors and all generations of colleagues who have worked together to fulfill our mission in the past,” Nguon Teang captioned on his post, attaching the CCIM logo and his resignation letter.
He added that he would like to express his gratitude to all of the donors, NGOs, friends in NGOs, human rights advocates, and journalists who have supported and worked with CCIM.
“These benefits are indeed a worthwhile investment! I always pray for Cambodia to have democracy and real social justice! Let the Khmer people be free and live without fear!,” he added.
According to the notification letter about his resignation, Nguon Teang decided to resign due to personal obligations.
“This resignation is effective from August 31, 2023, which is the end date of the employment contract,” the letter clarified.
He would like to inform the Board of Directors to review and accept his resignation and move forward with the appointment of a new chairman, in accordance with CCIM's statute and policy, which has been kept at the Ministry of Interior since June 15, 2007.
He added that he will also notify the Ministry of Interior of this change in accordance with the law.
Am Sam Ath, operation director of Licadho, regrets the resignation of Nguon Teang, who has made significant contributions to the media and offers youth journalism training programs.
“We also regret his resignation because over the past years he has contributed a lot in social development, especially in CCIM, including VOD radio that has been helpful in broadcasting news and providing more journalism training programs and citizen journalism training,” he said.
On the other hand, he believes that resignations are now more common due to preference changes.
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