Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CNRP wants fair coverage

CNRP wants fair coverage

Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha
Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha talks to the media after arriving at Phnom Penh International Airport yesterday. Vireak Mai

CNRP wants fair coverage

The opposition party is standing strong on key demands it says stand between it and joining the National Assembly, Cambodia National Rescue Party deputy president Kem Sokha said yesterday.

Speaking to reporters after returning from a five-day trip to New Zealand, Sokha said that, in addition to election reform, the opposition also wanted to see more equitable coverage from state broadcaster TVK.

“We are not only asking for a [CNRP] TV licence, but for everyone to have widespread [coverage],” he said.

Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen publicly agreed to grant a TV licence to an opposition-aligned operator.

The CNRP also revealed last week that it had made a deal with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party that would see it take a number of key parliamentary positions, including the deputy presidency, when it joins the assembly.

But Sokha yesterday stressed that changes to parliament’s internal rules that would see the opposition recognised as a shadow government were also a necessary concession.

Prum Sokha, head of the CPP’s working group for negotiations, said yesterday that state broadcasters did not serve any political party.

“When the election campaign comes around, [TVK] gives equitable airtime [to all parties]. During normal times, [we] use [TVK] to broadcast the government’s activities for all. It is not for any party.”

He added that there were already suitable checks and balances in parliament, and that the opposition’s new positions would only reinforce that.

MOST VIEWED

  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • PM warns EU and opposition on 34th anniversary of his rule

    HUN Sen reached the milestone of 34 years as Cambodian prime minister on Monday and used the groundbreaking ceremony for a new ring road around Phnom Penh to tell the international community that putting sanctions on the Kingdom meant killing the opposition. “Please don’t forget