Beehive Radio director Mam Sonando said yesterday that he was forced to postpone a planned demonstration in support of his bid for a television license as he had given authorities insufficient notice of what he hoped would be an ongoing protest. On Friday, Sonando – whose Beehive is one of Cambodia’s few independent broadcasters – announced he would hold daily demonstrations in front of the Ministry of Information to demand permission to create a TV station and to seek increased reach for his radio signal. … “Phnom Penh Municipal Hall rejected the request to set up a demonstration aimed at increasing the radio broadcast capacity and connecting me to town-and-province sub-channels throughout the country, as well as to create a TV channel, by claiming that our request is not lawful,” Sonando said. City spokesman Long Dimanche said yesterday that requests to demonstrate must be made to authorities at least five days before the demonstration is set to begin – something Sonando failed to do.
Khouth Sophak Chakrya