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The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) was established in June 7, 2007 as an offshoot organization from the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) to continue the production and broadcast of the radio programs under the name of Voice of Democracy (VOD) Radio, which was one of the programs of CCHR since 2003.
CCIM was established to work for the promotion of democratic governance, freedom of expression and independent media. It does this by reporting on news that impacts the daily lives of citizens, giving the public a forum to voice their opinions, conducting research to both inform public awareness and use as evidence to lobby government to act on key issues, conducting training for professional and citizen journalists and facilitating opportunities for media professionals to come together and establish common standards and codes of conduct.
In 2009, CCIM rented two radio stations in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap with the name Radio Sarika FM (www.sarika.fm)to completely manage the programming of the broadcast. From radio talk shows with call-in radio programs of VOD Radio, hourly radio news were also broadcasted on Radio Sarika FM.
In second half of 2016, CCIM opened another two radio frequencies broadcasting in Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces, and a new frequency in Phnom Penh, bringing to a total of five radio stations -- FM 106.5 and FM 106.7 in Phnom Penh, FM 91.25 in Siem Reap, FM 91.25 in Battambang, and FM 101 in Banteay Meanchey -- approximately covering 30 districts with a potential listeners of 11,038,611 individuals aged 18 years old above (voting population per district based on National Election Committee census).
In 2011, CCIM established its own online news website named VOD Hot News (www.vodhotnews.com) to engage in a new outlet of its news and information as the country embraces quickly the online technology. In three-year time, VOD Hot News has grown significantly and attracted up to 10,000 visitors per day. Using Google Analytics, it has recorded a total of 502,000 visits and 1.3 million page views in the six month period in 2013.
In 2014, CCIM engaged in a new online platform in delivering news and information – the TV news channel (www.vodtvnews.com). The VOD online TV news team goes out with the VOD reporters gathering news and covering events and broadcast these on its website.
Aside from its radio and online news reporting, CCIM has conducted the following activities:
- Organized the Cambodian journalists and come up with a common standard ethics for Cambodian journalists and trained them on independent journalism.
- Trained a total of 83 citizen journalists providing information to VOD reporters.
- Organized advocacy activities on the press freedom, freedom of information and freedom of expression such as the holding of an exhibit of photos and posters calling for justice of journalists who became victims of abuses in the course of performing their duties, of which one of VOD reporters was a victim.
- Actively collaborate with civil society in Cambodia in advocating for internet law that respect human rights. CCIM is a member of a government initiated working group drafting the access to information law in Cambodia.
- Organized a network of provincial radio stations to promote independent media. Some of these provincial radio stations are now broadcasting some of VOD Radio talk shows and news programs.
Since its establishment, CCIM has been funded by a number of donors, among others, the International Republican Institute (IRI), Delegation of European Union in Cambodia, British Embassy, Australian Embassy, Deusche Welle Academie, Transparency International, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), IFEX International, Reporters Without Borders, Action Aid Cambodia, Freedom House, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Cambodia Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Canada Fund.
Currently, CCIM is supported by the Open Society Foundations (OSF), Diakonia, DanChurchAid/Christian Aid, and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. A number of radio shows are supported by donors such as the Transparency International, Direct Aid Program (DAP) of Australian Embassy, ActionAid Cambodia,, etc.