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

Cambodian police fire smoke bombs to disperse protesters in capital

Cambodian police fired smoke bombs to disperse hundred protesters at the capital on Monday. Mam Sonando, owner of the opposition-aligned Beehive Radio station, defied a government ban on public gathering and led about 200 protesters to rally in front of the Ministry of Information against the ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Update: Mam Sonando’s protest dispersed, several protesters injured

Hundreds of Police and Military Police cracked down on protesters, led by Mam Sonando, the director of Beehive Radio Station, at the Ministry of Information. A reporter of the Cambodia Herald, who is at the scene, reported that several protesters were injured in the crackdown. And ...

The Cambodia Herald

Sonando next to test capital ban

Beehive Radio president Mam Sonando has said he and his supporters will defy the capital’s ban on demonstrations at the Ministry of Interior this morning after the government refused to issue his station a licence for increased bandwidth. ...

Sen David

Beehive Radio Protest To Go Forward

Independent radio broadcaster Mam Sonando says he will go forward with a planned demonstration Jan. 27, in protest of the government’s refusal to allow him to expand his radio reach and open a television station. The Minister of Information denied permission for the expansion, but Mam ...

Heng Reaksmey, VOA Khmer

Ministry of Information to Meet Sonando As Protests Loom

The Ministry of Information asked Mam Sonando, owner of the independent Beehive Radio station, to meet Friday after repeatedly rejecting a request he has made since 2005 for the expansion of his station’s reach into provincial areas. Mr. Sonando’s assistant, Huon Pannary, said that Buth Bou ...

Kuch Naren

Sonando Fans to Stage Protest for TV License

Mam Sonando, owner of the popular Beehive Radio station, and his supporters will defy a government ban on public gatherings and start daily protests against the Ministry of Information’s rejection of Mr. Sonando’s request for a relay station and a TV station, Mr. Sonando’s assistant ...

Kuch Naren and Denise Hruby

Government Denies Beehive Radio Bid for Expansion

The Ministry of Information has rejected an application by independently run Beehive Radio to expand its operations nationwide. Beehive, which carries Voice of America and other international programming, currently serves Phnom Penh through an FM frequency. It had applied to expand radio relay stations throughout the ...

Sok Khemara

Sonando postpones protest for TV licence

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 ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Cham Prasidh’s wife anointed ‘oknha’

Tep Bopha Prasidh, a wealthy businesswoman and wife of Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh, has been anointed with the sought-after royal title of oknha. According to an August edition of the Royal Gazette, King Norodom Sihamoni signed off on the new title on July 11. Roughly translated as tycoon, oknha is a ...

May Kunmakara

Last Three Kratie Province ‘Secessionists’ Released from Prison

It was not the hero’s welcome that greeted Mam Sonando when more than a thousand boisterous supporters cheered his release from Prey Sar prison Friday and lifted the popular radio station owner onto their shoulders for an impromptu parade. But for the three unheralded farmers caught ...

Mam Sonando's verdict announced

Beehive radio owner Mam Sonando, along with two others appeared in the Court of Appeals Thursday to listen to their verdicts. The sentence was changed from five years to eight months imprisonment, but will be released on March 16, 2013 for having spent the same amount ...

‘Secession’ Leader Says He Will Return to Cambodia, Stage Protest

The convicted ringleader of a so-called secessionist movement in May in Kratie province, who is currently in self-imposed exile to avoid a 30-year prison sentence, has said that he will soon return to Cambodia to organize a large-scale demonstration against the government. Bun Ratha—who was sentenced ...

City Orders Removal of a Dozen Newspaper Stands

Phnom Penh authorities have ordered 12 newspaper kiosks to leave a major road in the capital, saying they need them to relocate for 12 months for construction but giving them no other place to go. Owners of the kiosks, which are popular in the sale of ...

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