Monday, 23.7.2007: Book about Situation of Radio Stations in Cambodia Published in Khmer

Posted on 24 July 2007. Filed under: Week 518 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 518

“Phnom Penh: A book about the situation of radio stations in Cambodia, whose publication is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, is now published also in Khmer after it had been recently published in English.

“The book of 47 pages written by Mr. Puy Kea, a member of the Club of Cambodian Journalists, shows the situation of radio stations, starting with only one state operated radio station in Cambodia in the 1940s, called Khmer National Radio Broadcast (Radio Diffusion National Khmere).

“Mr. Puy Kea, the writer of the book, noticed, quoting a speech of Mr. Khieu Kanharith, the Minister of Information, that there are still a number of difficulties remaining in audio-visual management, due to the lack of laws for the field of audio-visuals, and moreover, customs, traditions, and the existing applications since the 1980s are still having a role.

“The writer also said that the government does not spend money for political advertisements via television, radio, and newspapers. Instead, most media organizations publish government information voluntarily, because they need to be supported by the government. And when they are in good terms with the government or with the ruling party, the media institutions will so regularly get advertisements from business (until now, some businesspeople do not dare to advertise through those newspapers which tend to support the opposition party, for fear of being accused that they support the opposition party, and that this may negatively affect their business). He added that it is true that such media may still get advertisements or supports from donor countries or non-government organizations. The evaluation of publications by the media at the present time comes to the conclusion that they are very careful in their attitude towards the government.

“Mr. Puy Kea stated that this has also some economic implications – advantages and disadvantages – for the whole journalism community. These may relate to tax payments due on printing paper, and to tax imposed on the import of other printing materials, and fuel and electricity are also expensive.

“The book also states among the conclusions that the journalists and media companies are not only afraid of pressure from the government, but they are also afraid of the ruling party. And the link to pressure from the government is usually related to reporting about violence, crimes, and cases of defamation which have happened.

“The writer added that for the time being, one must accept this situation of a combination of political will, changes in the methods of leadership, and the way in which the Royal Government is managing the media at present. He also pointed out that the media are in progress, because more and more journalists develop their professional standard through forums and trainings, organized for Cambodian journalists.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4343, 22-23.7.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 23 July 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1398, 22-23.7.2007

  • Royal Government Supports and Encourages Mulberry Tree Plantations in Kampot [to feed Mulberry leaves to silk worms for silk production]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6098, 23.7.2007

  • Mr. Kem Sokha Elected as President of Human Rights Party [by its first congress]
  • 52-Year-Old Man Rapes 8-Year-Old Girl [he is arrested – Moung Russey, Battambang]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3217, 23.7.2007

  • Kem Sokha’s Party Congress Seems to Be Cared For Much by Power Holders, Differently from Other Parties
  • Nuon Chea: I Am Still Alive and May Participate in Khmer Rouge Tribunal When I Am Needed
  • $15 Million Aid Money from World Bank [for the government’s implementation of national development strategy] Is Like to Supply Blood to Strengthen Corrupt People

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4343, 22-23.7.2007

  • Samdech Chea Sim: Japanese Investors Will Help Develop Cambodian Economy
  • Daun Penh District of Cambodian People’s Party Holds Meeting to Publicize Plans for Fourth Term Parliamentary Election in 2008
  • Meanchey District Cambodian People’s Party Prepares for General Election in 2008
  • Delegation of Another Group of Japanese Investors [from World Link Japan – focusing on investments in agriculture, natural resources development, and banks] Comes to See Business Opportunities in Cambodia
  • Ministry of Meteorology and Water Resources Calls for Caution about Floods from Cardamom Mountains
  • Book about Situation of Radio Stations in Cambodia Published in Khmer [supported by Konrad Adenauer Foundation]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3093, 22-23.7.2007

  • More and More [Cambodian] Young People Are Aware of Danger of HIV/AIDS
  • Nuon Chea Still Denies Involvement in Homicides During Khmer Rouge Regime

Sar Noeung Khmao, Vol.8, #210, 23-24.7.2007

  • It Seems that Cambodia Is Still at War when One Sees That Many Cars in Phnom Penh Have Military License Plates [mocking]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #459, 22-23.7.2007

  • Nuth Romduol [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Kompong Speu] and Sok Pheng [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Kompong Thom] Protect Victims of Land Disputes in Kompong Speu
  • If Anti-Corruption Law Would Exists, It Would End Hun Sen’s Power

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