July 10th, 2017​​

Despite their pristine beauty, the islands off the coast of Botum Sakor & Kiri Sakor districts of Koh Kong province are known by very few Cambodians. Not unlike the illegal selling of the nearby Botum Sakor National Park around 2008, and much in line with the sale of countless other part of Cambodia, these gem-like islands have been awarded as 'Economic Land Concessions' to dodgy investors from all walks of life. After years of sitting on these concessions, little to no development is happening in these islands, a clear violation of Cambodia's Land Law. In this video, brave activist Lim Kimsor demands that the state annuls these secretive concessions and returns these islands to the state, for the benefit of all Cambodians..  

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April 6th, 2017​​

August 10th, 2018​​

Brave and superb activist Meng Heng exposes the potential relationship between commander of the Prime Minister's personal body guard unit Hing Bun Hieng and the theft of indigenous land in the northern province of Preah Vihear, to make way for a large and mysterious gold mine.  Less than 48 hours after the video was released, top level officials traveled to the area to assure the family in the video that her land would be returned to her immediately.  

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September 8th, 2018​​

One of Mother Nature Cambodia's most successful strategies has been to use social media, chiefly our own Facebook page 'Mother Nature Cambodia', to highlight and expose the corruption, human rights abuses and environmental destruction that usually comes hand in hand with so-called development projects by the authoritarian government of Hun Sen.  The main reasons we started producing our own stuff back in 2013 were simple: most mainstream media outlets did not dare report on the issues we were working on, and the few independent outlets that existed - most of whom have been since shuttered by the regime, sadly - did not have the resources to visit the remote areas where we usually work. So we decided to create an opportunity out of this seemingly insurmountable obstacle: to produce our own stuff.     

    

Our videos, a mixture of thorough investigation and short and easy-to-digest messages presented by our brave activists as well as citizens from all walks of life, regularly reach millions of Cambodians.  This is a most remarkable achievement for several reasons: a) as anyone with experience in producing videos knows, it is not easy to produce stuff that is attractive to the general public; b) the risks associated to filming and speaking on videos in Cambodia can be high, with arbitrary arrests and even jail time not at all unusual (as some of our activists can sadly vouch for); A lot of our videos are regularly picked up by the media, politicians, NGOs, etc, and have in many cases forced the Phnom Penh regime to publicly respond (not an easy feat in Cambodia by any means), for instance by backtracking on key decisions, or by putting an end to certain destructive practices. Not just that, but we are proud to say that many young people have told us that they find the videos inspirational, and that they too want to get involved in social justice and environmental protection. 


Below are the key videos we have released since 2017, you can either watch them through our Facebook page - see link in blue next to the description of each video - or directly here through our YouTube channel.  

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June 21st, 2018

March 19th, 2019​​

How many cities in the world have seen the construction of more than 80 new casinos over a period of less than 5 years? And how many of those, despite what should be a massive amount of income to the city's authorities in gambling and tourism taxes, can't even handle collecting garbage? Look no further than Sihanoukville, where endless piles of garbage sit in the city's streets, parks, rivers, etc, waiting for the one company to come and collect them, or not. Thun Ratha returns to Cambodia's main coastal city, hoping to push the regime to find an urgent solution to another of the results of this madness and corruption-ridden push to turn Sihanoukville into a 'second Singapore' 

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Few Cambodian tycoons have the influence, power and political backing of Ly Yong Phat, head of the infamous LYP Group.  Even fewer are able to order large vessels coming into the country from abroad to switch off their mandatory Automatic Identification Systems, or AIS, despite this practice being outright banned.  This is precisely what appears to be happening at LYP's so-called 'Special Economic Zone', where tens of thousands of tons of silica sand are being extracted from and exported to places like Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand.   

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The Chinese company Union Development Group, (UDG), was in 2007 secretly awarded a huge so-called Economic Land Concession measuring in total 46,000 hectares, which includes 20% of the entire country's coastline. All of it illegally carved out of what was then the country's 2nd largest National Park, the Botum Sakor, thousands of families were coerced, cheated and physically evicted from their home and land. In the village of Koh Smach, also known as Puy Japon, Three brave families remain though, despite relentless harassment against them, including by the anything-but-independent judiciary. In this video, Lim Kimsor (alias GG) confronts the head of the Cambodian dictatorship Hun Sen and asks him a question on this most pressing issue.    

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Our most successful video so far, viewed over 3 million times (that's just on our FB page!) and shared over 130,000 times. Three activists repeat the formula of burying themselves neck-deep in sand to highlight that, yet-again, the vast majority of sand exports to a country in the region (this time silica sand, the importing country being Taiwan) have gone 'missing' from official Cambodian export records.  Less than 48 hours after it was released, two of the activists involved in the video were charged with 'incitement to commit a felony' and '​violation of privacy', while shooting a follow-up video. They spent 5 awful months in Koh Kong jail, in so-called pre-trial detention.   

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One of South East Asia's largest mangrove forests, the Peam Krosaob Wildlife Sanctuary, is again under threat by sand mining. Hun Vannak directly confronts Cambodian Minister for Environment Say Somal on the presence of an illegal sand mining facility.  The Minister's response? muteness.

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July 8th, 2017​​

March 10th, 2018

December 22nd, 2018

Straight after Minister for Urban Planning H.E. Chea Sophara boasted on social media ‘Sihanoukville city no longer has any sewage water being dumped onto its sea and beaches’, activist Meng Heng pays a visit to the city’s Independence beach to expose how, as expected, the claim by the minister was a total lie. Raw sewage does continue to be dumped onto the sea, right behind the massive Chinese-owned ‘Sunshine Bay hotel & casino’. 
Will Hun Sen’s regime dare to shut down this giant hotel & casino?, or will greed and corruption override any possibility of the law being implemented?

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There is an old saying in Khmer which loosely translates as: 'As the dog barks, people continue to pass by'. The same can be said about the country's massive logging problem; as the 'government' repeatedly promises to clamp down on this issue, even by threatening loggers with rockets, systematic logging - aided and abetted by key state agencies - continues unabated. In this video, a young university student exposes how corruption is aiding the logging and illegal smuggling of timber across the border to Vietnam, Our next door neighbor imports most of the timber that is felled inside Cambodia, re-exporting most of it to China and Western markets.   

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September 11th, 2017​​

MNC activist Lim Kimsor, a former land grabbing victim herself, exposes the lies and incompetency of the Cambodian government in relation to the alleged ban on further sand exports.  The video - showing that such ban was being openly violated - was widely picked up by the media and sparked a nonsensical reaction by the Ministry of Mines and Energy.  

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Thun Ratha buries himself for a second time in sand and asks yet another question, this time to the Minister of Economy, in relation to irregularities in sand exports to India.  Viewed a million times, and shared more than 48K times, this video played an instrumental role in the eventual banning of further exports of construction and reclamation sand out of Cambodia.  ​​Watch it on Facebook here;

As the Hun Sen dictatorship continued to crack down on voices of dissent, 

with activists, journalists, parliamentarians and ordinary citizens being jailed for simply speaking the truth, it is time for puppets to give it a try. In this pilot video, 'Aseiha' the puppet exposes our investigation on the illegal filling of a protected mangrove forest in coastal Koh Kong, needless to say conducted with the connivance of powerful government figures, and with the backing of a well-connected tycoon.  Though no arrests were made, the illegal filling-in was stopped on direct orders of the Prime Minister.  

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Sihanoukville, named in honor of our former King Sihanouk, is sliding into anarchy, with countless casinos, hotels & other 'venues of entertainment' popping up everywhere. All of this while the Hun Sen regime lacks the ability to effectively management waste water. 
Where does this raw sewage end up? 
How can the toxins present in that sewage water affect our health? 
Environmental activist Thun Ratha exposed this issue and even invited the government officials responsible for this mess to take a dip in Sihanoukville waters, without protective clothing. Hun Sen the dictator himself seems to have watched the video, and reacted swiftly: ordering key ministries to sort out this massive health and environmental crisis immediately. Huge victory for us, again!!   

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January 26th, 2019​​

May 27th, 2018​​

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As Sihanoukville city suffers from one of its worst water shortages in living memory, what does the (non-democratically elected) government of Hun Sen do? It decides to fill in and sell most of it to the LYP Group, less than two years after Hun Sen had issued a sub-decree declaring the lake a 'protected freshwater area', thus out of limits to precisely this kind of activity. The flimsy  reasoning given the dictatorship? That the city now has a secondary source of freshwater, and thus the lake is no longer 'needed'. Stupidity at its best. 

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In one of the rare instances where a Cambodian has dared to publicly confront the dictatorial Prime Minister Hun Sen, Hun Vannak exposes the lies and deceit behind the government's recent call for youth to join the government in the protection of the environment.  Vannak was jailed in September 2017 under completely fabricated charges, while filming a video on alleged smuggling of silica sand out on the open sea. 

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May 1st, 2017​​

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December 8th, 2018

April 11th, 2019​​

One of the co-founders of our movement, Alex Gonzalez-Davidson, exiled and blacklisted by the Hun Sen regime due to his relentless activism, exposes how a whopping 370 tons of gold, worth US$15 Billion, appear to have gone 'missing' from the Cambodian government's trade records. Much in line with what has been the case with past trade of sand and timber with countries like Singapore, Vietnam or Taiwan, gold in vast quantities is leaving Singapore for Cambodia, but not being recorded by the Hun Sen regime, neither as imports or as re-exports. Incompetence? Tax evasion? Money laundering? Both Singapore and Cambodia remain silent on this issue, despite official complaints being placed by our activists in Singapore. 

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January 2nd, 2017

The pristine island of Koh Rong Somlem, a short boat-ride away from Sihanoukville city, is starting to see more and more development. Two new activists highlight how the problem of sewage being dumped onto beaches (which is needless to say outright illegal) has recently started spreading onto this picture-perfect island.  The reaction to this video? Again, surprisingly positive; no arrests or threats against our activists. Instead, an order by the SIhanoukville governor for the casino spewing the sewage to shut down. MNC activists continue to monitor the situation in the islands off the coast of Cambodia, in the hope that they will not meet the same fate as that of Sihanoukville city.     

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With Cambodia's independent investigative media under systematic attack by the Hun Sen dictatorship, there has never been a better time for activists and citizens from all walks of life to help highlight some of the issues the Phnom Penh regime does not want people to know. In this video, environmental activist Meng Heng presents to fellow Cambodians the extremely deadly sodium cyanide, widely used in the country's out-of-control gold mining industry. The video, which went crazily viral  in just a few days, with at least half a dozen other FB pages re-posting it themselves and reaching audiences of several hundred thousands just in a few days, was filmed in the same Kratie commune of Kontuot, where up to 17 villagers died in May of 2018, most likely due to cyanide poisoning their main water supply.    

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February 22nd, 2019​​

March 17th, 2017​​

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October 1st, 2018​​

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One of the co-founders of our movement, Doem Kundy, sits on the main beach along Koh Kong city, surrounded by endless piles of garbage, and asks the province's new governor if she is going to do anything about this growing issue.  Less than 48 hours later, as if by magic, the governor and scores of 'volunteers' started cleaning up the whole beach and surrounding areas.  The power of publicly naming and shaming officials, again at work.

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