The Social and Epistemic Significance of ‘Fake News’ in Cambodia

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Fresh news is a popular Khmer-language online information outlet that has emerged in support of Cambodia’s move to hegemonic authoritarianism. The emergence features paralleled a government crackdown on storage compartments of independent media that enact the liberal democratic project. New News has a particular swing in articulating, legitimizing, and seeking to craft support for the regime’s new notion of democracy, endorsing an ongoing judicialization of mega-politics, and distributing a talk of ‘fake news’ that looks for to create an epistemic shift.

In this post, I use an inductive route to analyse the transcripts of formal interviews conducted with all the attendees of any day middle and their activities with information. The outcomes demonstrate that ‘fake news’ is not simply a partisan political smear but an important component of the socially significant dimension of sharing ‘news’. Attendants see the ‘news’ they show to one another within their identity simply because older people, and this plays a part in a feeling of belonging within their home life context.

In light on this finding, I consider the implications for the broader social and epistemic significance of the post-truth point in time. In this good sense, the term mirrors more than just a time marked by an chafing of fact, facticity, and civility in discourse and public lifestyle; it also signs the break down of modern assignments of disciplining knowledge.