Cambodian netizens are actively using Facebook to discuss, debate, and share updates about the July 28 National Assembly elections. Meanwhile, political parties are also maximizing the popular social networking site to reach out to younger voters.

Princess Norodom Arunrasmey, daughter of late king Norodom Sihanouk and head of the Royalist Party,

Princess Norodom Arunrasmey, daughter of late king Norodom Sihanouk and head of the Royalist Party,

Moses Ngeth, an activist and human rights advocate, admitted his mistake about his earlier assertion that Cambodian Facebook users are only concerned with entertainment issues:

Several months ago I did an interview with the media saying that young people (are only) using Facebook for entertainment and their own interest. Since (the start of the) national election campaign, young people on Facebook have proven me wrong; and YES, I admit that I made a wrong comment. I have seen the increasing number of young people who are using this social platform for change. To all brave young people who are publicly standing up for their rights to choose their own leader, accept my apology.

Rachna Im, a journalist for RFI in Khmer language and a young female blogger, agreed with Moses in a Facebook message reply sent to this author:

Facebook has been used in a brand new way. Users, especially youth, have been recently using the social media as a platform for expressing their political views […] As I noticed, this is a good way to use this social media – to have one’s voice heard and to also show a better situation in freedom of expression in Cambodia, not much, but at least a bit better.

However, Rachna reminded Cambodian netizens participating in political debates to respect diverse views:

They normally end up cursing others for having opposite ideas […] They believe they have the freedom to support a party – but they don’t respect others’ freedom to support a different party. I sometimes find myself hard to believe things posted on Facebook since I understand that that thing is probably posted by only the finger, not the brain. 

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