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

Journalists garner support, monks silent in wake of attacks

Condemnation has grown following Friday’s attack on a journalist near Freedom Park as the Ministry of Information joined the U.N. Human Rights Office in denouncing the attacks. On Saturday, the U.N.’s human rights representative in Cambodia, Wan-Hea Lee, called for an investigation into the beating of ...

Kuch Naren and George Wright

Ministry calls for journalists’ safety amid recent violence

The Ministry of Information condemned recent insult, threat and violence against journalists, saying that those activities seriously violated the freedom of press in Cambodia. The appeal was made after many journalists were recently threatened and seriously injured in an attack by security forces, while they were ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Security dressed down

For months now, Daun Penh district security forces, identifiable by their dark blue uniforms, black motorbike helmets and merciless truncheon swinging, have been unleashed on protesters, opposition and otherwise, as the all-too-willing enforcers of government-approved crackdowns. But as district forces have begun targeting more journalists during ...

Vong Sokheng and Alice Cuddy

Cyber bill raises concerns

Cambodia’s highly secretive draft law on cybercrime, which has never been released publicly, seeks to criminalise online content that “slanders or undermines” government agencies, ministries or officials or affects “political cohesiveness”, a copy obtained by the Post reveals. The law, which was first announced in May ...

Kevin Ponniah

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

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

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

Gov’t: village feedback to be used for reform

Hundreds of senior government officials will be dispatched to the provinces in the coming months to gauge public opinion on reforming state institutions. Almost 800 senior officials from all ministries will begin the project on February 15, state broadcaster TVK reported yesterday, following a meeting at ...

Vong Sokheng

Video can’t be trusted: district gov

Video footage of Daun Penh district deputy governor Sok Penh Vuth bashing a defenceless man with a bullhorn on Monday has sparked outrage and demands for his ouster, but his boss told the Post yesterday that people shouldn’t be too hasty to judge, suggesting the footage may ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

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

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

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