Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministry to monitor TV murder coverage

Ministry to monitor TV murder coverage

Children watch an afternoon movie on television in their house in Phnom Penh in 2014.
Children watch an afternoon movie on television in their house in Phnom Penh in 2014. Pha Lina

Ministry to monitor TV murder coverage

The Ministry of Information will establish a media monitor to begin enforcing a decade-old policy about the gratuitous display of graphic deaths, state media reported yesterday.

The announcement came two days after a message – apparently from a government official – called on TV networks not to air images or content relating specifically to murder on the eve of the funeral for slain political analyst Kem Ley.

According to state media wire AKP, Minister of Information Khieu Kannharith encouraged TV, radio and newspapers to disseminate achievements trumpeting the growth of the nation and avoid traffic accidents, murders and other crimes that show insecurity and instability, which could scare off potential tourists and investors. The report said three committees for TV, radio and print would be established to field public complaints.

The head of Cambodian Centre for Independent Media, Pa Ngoun Teang, criticised the minister’s reasoning. “I think it’s not good for freedom of the press . . . the media’s role is not the agenda of the government,” he said. “It’s better to hear both the negative and the positive; both the achievements and the incidents.”

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all