COVID-19 PANDEMIC-MEDIA: PHNOM PENH, Cambodia- Travel guidelines for journalists during lockdown

News photographers taking photos during lockdown in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

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Lockdowns, curfew, coloured hot zones and cases keep increasing in Phnom Penh to almost 9,000 cases

Khmer Times
Barricades at one of the Red Zone in Stung Meanchey. KT/Chor Sokunthea

On 1 April, 29 days ago, Phnom Penh imposed an 8pm to 5am curfew in an attempt to restrict gatherings and partying, to curb the raging and ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic started because of nefarious actions by a gang of four  ‘supposed to be quarantined’ females who ‘escaped’ – or rather bribed their way out – to leave quarantine at the Sokha Hotel, a day after they had checked in for what was supposed to be a 14 day quarantine period.

On 20 February, Prime Minister Hun Sen went live on television and announced the 3rd community outbreak since November 3, 2020.


The Ministry of Information has issued travel guidelines for journalists during the Phnom Penh and Takhmao city lockdown after noticing that some of them do not fully understand the restrictions set.



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These are the following guidelines issued by the ministry

  1. Red Zone: Those residing here are forbidden to travel including journalists, unless the press unit is a working group of the Ministry of Information’s blockade unit and a unit with a certificate to travel in the red zone.
  2. Orange zone: Only journalists with documents related to identity and work, as well as travel permits from the Ministry of Information are allowed to travel. The media company must also reduce the number of staff to travel to the minimum workforce set by the government. Travel must comply with the curfew suspending the traffic and all work activities between 8pm and 5am, except when necessary with the permission of the competent authorities.
  3. Yellow area: All types of traffic are allowed, but must strictly adhere to health safety measures.  Travel must comply with the curfew by temporarily suspending all traffic and all work activities between 8pm and 5am except when necessary with the permission of the competent authorities.

Rhea Mae Soco / Khmer Times

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