Agriculture issues ‘unresolved’

At the capital’s Peace Palace on Monday, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sokhon led a delegation at a meeting with the Supreme Consultation Forum to discuss all issues under the ministry’s remit. Following the meeting, some council members expressed dismay that several of ...

Khorn Savi

Ex-Beehive leader Sonando called in Kem Sokha case

Radio broadcaster and former Beehive Party President Mam Sonando was served a summons last week by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to appear as a witness in relation to a “treason” case filed against former opposition President Kem Sokha. ...

Ben Sokhean

Court rejects injunction against Sonando’s party

A court complaint lodged by the vice president of charismatic radio station owner Mam Sonando’s political party seeking its eventual dissolution has been thrown out of court. ...

Khuon Narim

Beehive members tell court of corruption

Three founding members of radio personality Mam Sonando’s Beehive Social Democratic Party appeared at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday for questioning over a complaint they filed requesting the party be dissolved because its leader is corrupt. ...

Ouch Sony

Party leaders ‘sue Sonando’

The cracks in Mam Sonando’s recently revived Beehive Social Democratic Party are widening, with a lawsuit against the party president, alleging he embezzled funds, slated to be filed at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today on behalf of the party’s own leadership. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Sonando sets sights on Kampuchea Krom

Popular radio station owner Mam Sonando on Wednesday hosted the first congress of his new Beehive Social Democratic Party, during which he was elected president and made promises including meal discounts for soldiers and the return of southern Vietnam to Cambodia should his party win ...

Khuon Narim

Mam Sonando to re-establish a political party

Mam Sonando, director of Beehive radio will re-establish his Beehive Democratic Society party for the 6th legislature mandate in 2018. ...

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff

Mam Sonando to register new political party

Mam Sonando, a prominent radio station director and government critic, announced Friday that he would resign from his position as head of the Association of Democrats, an NGO he founded in 2010, in order to create a new political party to stand in the upcoming ...

Kuch Naren

Former Beehive workers protest over severance pay

Nine former employees of Beehive radio station protested in Phnom Penh on Wednesday to demand that owner Mam Sonando respect an Arbitration Council ruling that he pay them severance after firing them earlier this year. ...

Aun Pheap

Mam Sonando to form party to stand in election

Mam Sonando, the owner of Beehive Radio, said Wednesday that he would revive his long-dormant political party, the Beehive Democratic Society Party, to stand in the next national election after becoming disenchanted with the opposition CNRP. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Beehive radio employees on strike; Sonando defiant

Ten of Beehive Radio’s 22 employees protested outside the station’s headquarters in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on Wednesday in a fifth day of strikes over owner Mam Sonando’s decision not to pay last month’s wages to four staff members he claims failed to regularly show ...

Ben Sokhean

Khmer Krom monks clash with Cambodian police over Hanoi statement

More than a hundred monks and students from Vietnam’s Khmer Krom ethnic minority living in Cambodia clashed Tuesday with riot police and security guards in front of the Vietnamese embassy in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh as they marched to demand an apology for statements by ...

Richard Finney

Cambodia Police Beat Protesters for TV License Bid

Police in Cambodia on Monday beat anti-government demonstrators who tried to defy a ban on public demonstrations to demand a license for what would be the Southeast Asian nation’s first opposition television channel. Several hundred supporters of Mam Sonando, a fierce government critic, came out to ...

Sopheng Cheang

Mam Sonando says protest will proceed, but he won’t lead

Independent radio station owner Mam Sonando said he would not lead a banned protest he had planned for today outside Information Ministry headquarters in Phnom Penh, but would attend if his supporters went ahead with the demonstration on their own. “I will not lead [the protest] ...

Zsombor Peter

Sonando vows to go ahead with protest

Beehive Radio owner Mam Sonando yesterday promised to once again defy Phnom Penh Municipal Hall and go ahead with an unsanctioned March 31 protest against the Ministry of Information’s refusal to give him a television licence and more relay frequencies to extend the reach of ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Obfuscation reigns over ban on demonstration

The government can’t seem to agree on whether or not Prime Minister Hun Sen has lifted the ban on the constitutional right to freedom of assembly. Last week, Mr. Hun Sen said in a speech: “I will not prevent [demonstrations] because everyone has equal rights,” which ...

Kuch Naren and Mech Dara

Kanharith reiterates no TV Station for broadcaster Sonando

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith on Wednesday revealed plans to split state-run TVK into three separate television stations but reiterated that no frequencies are available for independent radio broadcaster Mom Sonando. Mr. Sonando, who owns Beehive radio station, has over the past several years repeatedly requested a ...

Khuon Narim

Sonando sends latest TV license, radio request

Independent radio station owner Mam Sonando filed his latest request with the Information Ministry on Monday, requesting a TV license and a radio relay station to push his popular radio broadcasts farther into the provinces. Mr. Sonando, the owner of Beehive Radio and a longtime government ...

Kuch Naren

Tuk-Tuk, Motorbike Drivers Want Vehicles Back

A dozen tuk-tuk and motorcycle-taxi drivers who say their vehicles were confiscated after police suppressed a demonstration in Phnom Penh last week gathered outside City Hall on Wednedsay to demand the return of their property. The drivers waited from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. hoping to ...

Mech Dara

Sonando Continues to Seek TV License, Radio Relay Station

Though the Ministry of Information has repeatedly rejected independent radio station owner Mam Sonando’s requests to obtain a television station license and a radio relay station, saying that there was “no space” for him, the government has approved at least three new TV licenses and ...

Kuch Naren

Mixed message to UN

A call for the Cambodian government to lift its controversial ban on public assembly is among 34 such recommendations it has chosen to defer in the wake of last week’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of its human rights situation. The UN on Saturday released a ...

Stuart White

Chinese TV deal edged out Sonando: minister

Beehive Radio director Mam Sonando will not be granted a digital TV licence because up to 80 channels have been allocated to a Chinese state television network. Khieu Kanharith, the minister of information, said in an interview on TVK on Tuesday night that the allocation of ...

Chhay Channyda

Groups condemn violence in Beehive crackdown

Reporters Without Borders and Freedom House have condemned a violent crackdown on supporters of Beehive Radio, who were beaten during demonstrations Monday. Beehive owner Mam Sonando called for demonstrations in opposition of the government’s refusal to grant a license for an expansion of his operations. ...

Heng Reaksmey

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