Radio Voice of Democracy was banned for airing election news
Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) was yesterday banned from broadcasting election news by the Ministry of Information. This is the first such instance of experience by CCIM of total censorship during polling day. Both Radio Sarika stations- FM 106.5 in Phnom Penh and FM 95.5 in Siem Reap – were shut down at intervals during the day: the Phnom Penh based station was allowed to broadcast only music programs until the close of polling stations at 3pm, whereas the Siem Reap station was shut down for the whole day.
“This is a lawless ban and signifies growing danger for media and freedom of express in Cambodia,” said Mr. PA, Nguon Teang, CCIM’s Executive Director.” It constitutes a systematic threat,” he continued, “as radio stations in provinces such as Siem Reap were told by the officials of Ministry of Information not to allow air elections news.”
With this example, CCIM urgently called for all actors to take joint action to secure independent media and freedom of expression in Cambodia.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Nop Vy, Media Development Manager
Tel: 012 51 92 61 / 060 405 999
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