Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith have told the owners of television stations to ban the broadcast of the movie Methagu at the request of the Sri Lankan government, saying the movie reflects the life of the former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
He said the group was one of the most brutal terrorist organisations in the world.
In a letter dated September 23, Kanharith said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation had received a request from Sri Lanka asking Cambodia to help prevent the film’s broadcast.
“Methagu reflects the life of the former terrorist organisation LTTE. It was directed by Velupillai Prabhakaran and produced by the Tamil Eelam Film Society, which identifies LTTE as one of the most brutal terrorist organisations in the world,” he said.
According to the letter, Methagu is currently shared on social media, websites and the BS Value app.
Information ministry spokesman Meas Sophorn told The Post on September 29 that the ministry had informed owners of all television stations not to broadcast the film.
“As stated in the ministry’s letter, the movie was produced by a terrorist organisation and is related to terrorists. The ministry cites this reason at the request of the foreign ministry, confirmed through a letter from Sri Lanka to Cambodia,” he said.
Sophorn stated that before the ministry’s announcement, media and television stations in Cambodia had yet to broadcast the movie. Therefore, the ministry provides this information in advance to the public and TV stations and other types of media not to broadcast it.