Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sonando vows to go ahead with protest

Sonando vows to go ahead with protest

Mam Sonando, owner of Beehive Radio, talks during International Women’s Day in Phnom Penh earlier this month
Mam Sonando, owner of Beehive Radio, talks during International Women’s Day in Phnom Penh earlier this month. Heng Chivoan

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 his radio network.

City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche said yesterday that permission for the protest had been denied because authorities were still looking into the cause of violence breaking out at recent demonstrations, a rationale that Sonando dismissed as pure “pretext”.

“The authorities use the same pretext to refuse us our rights, including the right to get real information about the goings-on in society and the world,” Sonando said. “Will we keep living without our rights like this?”
Sonando went on to say that he would go ahead with a March 31 demonstration “for [people’s] rights and freedom since they do not want to live under the dictatorial government pressure anymore”.

However, City Hall’s Dimanche said that Sonando and his supporters would face “administrative measures” if they went ahead with the protest.

“We asked them to wait until the investigation procedures on the incidents in the previous demonstrations is finished and the results are released, then we will let them gather and set up a demonstration at the Freedom Park,” he said.

Sonando’s last rally against the Ministry of Information in January was ended when a column of military police and untrained Daun Penh district security guards charged peaceful protesters, beating participants and observers with batons.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Thy Sovantha threatens new suit

    Social media celebrity and card-carrying CPP member Thy Sovantha yesterday said she will file a lawsuit against wildlife NGO head Suwanna Gauntlett alleging discrimination after the latter allegedly denied her access to an ecotourism program the group is launching today in Koh Kong province. The

  • Police raid Siem Reap party, arrest 10 foreigners over ‘pornographic’ images

    A group of 10 foreign tourists appeared in court today after being arrested for producing “pornographic” photos in Siem Reap town on Thursday, while dozens more were detained temporarily and let go after being lectured on their behaviour, according to authorities. A report posted to the

  • Hun Sen’s in-law removed from RCAF after cockfighting rings raided

    Thai Phany, the nephew-in-law of Prime Minister Hun Sen who is accused of running two large cockfighting rings, has been removed as a general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. Phany, formerly a one-star brigadier general, was removed by royal decree on December 19, according to

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially