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Non-state Chinese Media Expands to Preah Sihanouk

Cambodia China Times is pinning hopes on Preah Sihanouk making a speedy post-pandemic recovery as it sets up its first office outside the capital in the coastal province.
Cambodia Chinese Times (CC Times) website. Kiripost/Bun Tharum
Cambodia Chinese Times (CC Times) website. Kiripost/Bun Tharum

PREAH SIHANOUK PROVINCE, leading non-state Chinese media Cambodia China Times (CC Times) set up its first office outside Phnom Penh this month, expanding to Preah Sihanouk province as it capitalises on hopes that the province will recover from the impact of Covid-19.

“We expect that investors will be interested in Preah Sihanouk again, whether Chinese, European or American investors, this is an opportunity,” said Kun Sombor, editor-in-chief of the Khmer edition. Three staff currently cover Preah Sihanouk province, Sambor, of Kampong Chhnang, 30, said.

Despite the slow rebound, local tourists have already started to return, which is a positive sign, he said, adding there are many stories to cover throughout the province.

Kun Sombor, editor-in-chief of the CC Times Khmer edition. Kiripost/Penh Chamroeun
Kun Sombor, editor-in-chief of the CC Times Khmer edition. Kiripost/Penh Chamroeun

“As we know, there are many skyscrapers in Preah Sihanouk and some buildings are ghosts that are not finished, about 1,150 buildings,” he said.

The CC Times presence in Preah Sihanouk has also received support from the Chinese consul and authorities, Sambo said, adding the publication is independent.

“Sometimes we fear for our safety because we already know during 2017 and 2018, there were a lot of Chinese nationals committing thefts and shootings. CC Times is neutral and we publish everything about the region,” he said.

“When CC Times publishes, it shows the reality, we have clear sources and that's why we have support from provincial administration and the consul. This provides us warmth and our worries have lessened, we perform our work better,” he added.

With an online reach tapping into millions of views due to its viral videos, CC Times was born as a media startup in 2018.

CC Times is now a media unit under CC-TIMES MEDIA CO.LTD. Most of its audience are Chinese in Cambodia, mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and Singapore, said General Manager Phlong Vichet.

Vichet added he cannot disclose investors behind the media and said CC Times is the fastest and most popular Chinese language media in Cambodia. In addition, CC-TIMES MEDIA CO.LTD has a number of media outlets in its portfolio, including 27-year-old Commercial News, the country’s oldest Chinese-language newspaper.