Friday, 4.5.2007: Khieu Kanharith: The State Media Are Progressing

Posted on 5 May 2007. Filed under: Week 506 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 506

“Phnom Penh: Mr. Khieu Kanharith, the Minister of Information, said on 3 May that the state news media strongly progressed in 2006, applying the Rectangular Strategy of the Royal Government.

“The Minister said at the annual conference of the Ministry of Information, close to the time of the World Press Freedom Day anniversary, ‘I would like to say with confidence that all the state media are really in progress, responding to the needs of each stage; for the information and the programs that we publicize, we get supports by the national and international opinions every day.’

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith said, ‘I would like to state that the success of the Ministry of Information in 2006 cannot be seen isolated from the active participation of the media of private companies, of international organizations, and of non-government organizations that played their roles and did their jobs with professionalism, adhering to a code of conduct to provide rich information to the people everywhere.’

“Mr. Chhin Yuon, a Khmer journalists, said that Cambodia covers an area of 181,035 sq km only and has a population of approximately 14 million, but it has a total of 472 publications of daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly newspapers, bulletins, and magazines, published by private companies, non-government organizations, and other institutions. He added, ‘However, it is observed that there are some weak points that so far journalists have overlooked: the role of a code of ethics.’

“He said, ‘The press is free and wide open in Cambodia, but there are points that make us still concerned: writings and publicized information often do not reflect the reality of the society in which the journalists themselves live, some journalists get only negative points and exaggerate them, and they hide many positive points. Such an attitude does not help to participate in constructing and developing the nation, and to promote democracy and respect of human rights; it helps only to push the Cambodian society into anarchy.’

“Mr. Uk Prathna, a Secretary of State of the Ministry of Information, stated in a report that the state media have been improved and have advanced, both in terms of information and of entertainment, and there are noticeable achievements related to the plans and goals that had been set, as all the state media, such as the National Radio, the National Television, and the Cambodian News Agency have become institutions which are trustworthy for the information and the programs they provide, including programs during election campaigns which give all parties equitable access.

“The report of the conference of the Ministry of Information says that approximately 70% of the Cambodian people countrywide receive services of information, education, and entertainment through rich media, which cover the whole country and can be received even in some other countries of the continent. The next goal of the ministry is to reach out to the remote rural areas where the people are poor, to provide them also with access to the flow of information.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith affirmed that he vows to continue to remind the officials of his staff to continue to be motivated to develop stronger cooperation with the private media, with international and non-government organizations, in order to achieve the goals set in the Rectangular Strategy of the Royal Government, with Samdech Hun Sen as the Prime Minister.’” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1330, 4.5.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 4 May 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1330, 4.5.2007

  • Khieu Kanharith: The State Media Are Progressing
  • Kampuchea Thmey Reporter [Chim Chenda] in Battambang Receives Death Threat from General [Pol Sinuon – after Chim Chenda had greeted the general and introduced himself as a journalist to the general in a restaurant, the general called Chim Chenda ‘You journalist’ and forced him to kneel down and apologize to him. When the journalist asked for the reason, the general moved his hands towards his gun]
  • Iran Returns 6,000 Afghan Refugees to Afghanistan

Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #470, 4.5.2007

  • Violation of Kampuchea Krom Khmer People’s Rights by Yuon [Vietnamese] Government Is Serious

Khmer Mekong, Vol.5, #266, 3-4.5.2007

  • Sand Dredging Destroys Environment of Siem Reap River

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3149, 4.5.2007

  • It Is Said that Hun Sen Left for Yuon [Vietnam] Quietly at Night after President of Yuon [Vietnamese] Assembly Had Left [Cambodia for Vietnam] in the Morning
  • Joseph A. Mussomeli [US Ambassador to Cambodia] Demands [Cambodian] Government Promote Press Freedom

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4275, 4.5.2007

  • Ministry of Finance Announces Collection of Taxes on Vehicles for 2007
  • Luxury Wood Is Still [illegally] Transported Out of Ratanakiri because It Is Allowed by Forestry Officials

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3026, 4.5.2007

  • Sean Pengse [head of Cambodian Border Committee in France] Says Khmer Sea Is 95,000 sq km, but More Than 60,000 sq km of 95,000 sq km Is Taken by Yuon [Vietnam] and Siam [Thailand]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #391, 4.5.2007

  • Council of Ministers Creates Working Group to Study Creation of Tonle Sap Authority

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