Gov’t bans broadcast of Tamil Tigers movie

Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith have told the owners of television stations to ban the broadcast of the movie Methagu at the request of the Sri Lankan government, saying the movie reflects the life of the former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).   ...

Voun Dara

‘Samdechs’ not getting their due, ministry says

The Ministry of Information yesterday issued a letter urging all media outlets to use the royally bestowed title “samdech” when referring to those who hold the honorific, including King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen. ...

Sen David

Gov't touts internet record despite telecom bill concerns

Government officials defended the Kingdom’s record on internet freedom yesterday, despite concerns that recent and proposed legislation could curtail the rights of those speaking out online. ...

Charles Rollet

Officials’ affairs may be secret under law

Any information that is damaging to Cambodia’s national security or public order, affects its relationship with other countries or threatens the Kingdom’s economy or finances could be withheld from the public under a draft law on access to information. ...

Shaun Turton

Journo in court: Cameraman now facing gun charges

A Cameraman for the Ministry of Information’s TVK news channel was charged by the Kandal Provincial Court yesterday with possessing an illegal firearm, among other allegations, police said. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Ministry, TV stations agree on locally made programming block

In an effort to boost Cambodia’s entertainment industry, local television broadcasters will soon dedicate an hour of prime time programming to airing Cambodian-produced shows and films. During a meeting with the Ministry of Information on Monday, TV station representatives agreed to broadcast locally produced films and ...

Sarah Taguiam and Pech Sotheary

Information minister launches ‘Get Your Sexy Back’ campaign

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith this week launched a marketing campaign titled “Get Your Sexy Back,” aimed at promoting a culture of moderate alcohol consumption among young people by linking excessive drinking to a loss of sexual attractiveness. Launched on Monday and presided over by the long-serving ...

Khuon Narim and Alex Willemyns

Info law to be open to input

The Ministry of Information yesterday announced a three-year public consultation period on a new access to information draft law that has been in the works since 2007. But freedom of information advocates greeted the news with scepticism, citing a lack of representation from civil society on ...

Taing Vida

Cambodian minister hails fruitful cooperation with China on media, broadcasting

Cambodian Information Minister Khieu Kanharith on Thursday admired excellent cooperation between Cambodia and China on media and broadcasting, saying that the cooperation would promote closer relations between the peoples of the two countries. ...

Global Post News Staff

Cambodia, China's Yunnan province ink deal on information cooperation

Cambodia and China’s Yunnan province signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here on Monday on media cooperation and exchanges. The deal was inked by Buth Bovuth, chief of the Cambodian Information Ministry’s General Department of Information and Broadcasting, and Wu Jingbo, deputy chief of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China’s Yunnan Provincial Committee, with the presence of Cambodian Information Minister Khieu Kanharith and Ge Guangzhi, deputy director of Department No. 6 of the Information Office of China’s State Council. ...

People's Daily Online News Staff

Gov’t bans alcohol ads to reduce traffic deaths

Television and radio stations will be barred from broadcasting advertisements for alcohol during the primetime 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. slot beginning next month, as part of the government’s effort to reduce the number of fatalities resulting from drunk driving, officials at the Ministry of ...

Aun Pheap

Government plans to regulate online content

The Ministry of Information is planning to begin regulating the Internet in the country to prevent offensive content from being posted online, ostensibly to prevent defamation and provocations to violence, according to a ministry official. ...

Hul Reaksmey

Media agencies warned about gambling ads

The Ministry of Information last week warned media organizations not to publish or broadcast advertisements from gambling outlets unless they have permission from the government to do so, according to a ministry notice obtained Tuesday. “The ministry previously advised [media outlets] to stop all types ...

Hul Reaksmey

Ly Yong Phat wants TV station

Prominent tycoon and ruling party senator Ly Yong Phat has now set his sights on the media landscape. Phat, the head of LYP Group, on Friday confirmed plans that he is seeking to set up a television station. The entry of an LYP channel, proposed as part ...

May Kunmakara

Information law ‘on way in 3 years’

In three years’ time, Cambodia will have legislation clearly outlining what government information is available to the general public, according to a recently signed memorandum of understanding. Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith and Anne Lemaistre, UNESCO’s representative to Cambodia, signed the memorandum on Friday. The MoU ...

Vong Sokheng

Gunawadh back as TVK director eleven days after resignation

Kem Gunawadh was reinstated as director-general of state broadcaster TVK on Wednesday, less than two weeks after his highly publicized resignation for failing to live broadcast the annual Royal Plowing Ceremony, according to a statement signed by Information Minister Khieu Kanharith. Acting Director-General Pang Nath denied ...

Saing Soenthrith

Put trips to Bangkok on hold: gov’t

The government asked Cambodians to avoid all nonessential travel to Bangkok following Thailand’s imposition of martial law. “The situation is calm and we will continue monitoring it, but travellers planning to go to Thailand should hold off for now,” Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said after an ...

Cheang Sokha

Reporter, ‘witnesses’ tell different stories

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said that radio journalist Lay Samean, who was badly beaten by district security guards on May 2 while covering a planned opposition rally, may have provoked the violence by calling the guards “yuon’s dogs”, among other insults. The minister added, however, that ...

Kevin Ponniah and Phak Seangly

TVK boss’ departure draws further concern

Media watchdogs on Wednesday expressed concern that the resignation on Saturday of Kem Gunawadh, long-serving director-general of state broadcaster TVK, was due to the station’s airing of an opposition campaign spot showing violent government protest repressions. In a statement, the Cambodian Center for Independent Media and ...

Simon Henderson

Minister to address beatings

Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith has pledged to meet with Daun Penh District Governor Sok Sambath to discuss the targeting of journalists by hired district security guards, said UNESCO country representative Anne Lemaistre, who met with the minister on Friday. The minister is also keen on ...

Kevin Ponniah and Mom Kunthear

TVK director resigns, apparently in response to gov’t criticism

Kem Gunawadh, the long-serving director-general of TVK who helped set up the state broadcaster in 1983, resigned abruptly on Saturday in what his successor said was a reaction to government criticism over his decision not to broadcast live that morning’s annual Royal Plowing Ceremony. The resignation ...

Phann Ana and Simon Henderson

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