Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministries urge media firms to register names

Ministries urge media firms to register names

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Co-signed by commerce minister Pan Sorasak (left) and information minister Khieu Kanharith on August 28, the prakas said the aim is to manage trade registrations for the sectors. Ministries of Commerce and Information

Ministries urge media firms to register names

The ministries of commerce and information on Tuesday issued an inter-ministerial prakas on the management of trade registration, brand protection and trademark for the information and audiovisual sectors.

The ministries are giving those who do business in the sectors six months to register at the commerce ministry.

Co-signed by commerce minister Pan Sorasak and information minister Khieu Kanharith on August 28, the prakas said the aim is to manage trade registrations for the sectors.

It ensures that the identities of each unit do not overlap other units and prevent unfair competition.

Consisting of six chapters and 14 articles, the prakas added that all natural and legal persons will not be allowed to use brands and trademarks affecting public order, social morality, or good traditions of the nation.

“All natural and legal persons who do business or service in the information and audiovisual sector have to request trade registration. [These persons] can also request brand and trademark registration at the commerce ministry within six months of the signing. If necessary, the commerce ministry can decide to delay another six months,” the prakas said.

Information ministry spokesman Meas Sophorn told The Post on Tuesday that the ministries’ decision is not meant to put pressure or burden on such institutions. Rather, it encourages them to participate further in protecting their legal rights.

“The aim of this joint prakas is to encourage an institution to register at the information ministry. The institution has to receive legal protection of using trademark and brand registry in its information sector to avoid disputes of using names or trademarks of each unit,” he said.

Sophorn said that as of the first semester of this year, the information ministry had registered 452 newspaper units, 196 magazine units, 22 bulletin units, 621 page and TV online units, 221 radio station units and 239 TV station units.

Leang Delux, executive director of Thmey Thmey Online News, supported the move. Besides receiving legal protection, the measure helps protect the interests of companies and the public, he said.

“As long as there is piracy or trademark fraud, it affects seriously. We work professionally, but if other news outlets that have a similar brand do not register and do work professionally, it affects our image too. It also affected public interests when incorrect information is disseminated,” he said.

Delux said obedience of the law not only helps his institution protect against piracy, but it also helps maintain confidence in his partners. All information institutions should be registered and obey the law duly, he added.

MOST VIEWED

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM takes time to meet, greet Cambodians living in the US

    After landing in the US ahead of the ASEAN-US Special Summit, Prime Minister Hun Sen was received by over 1,000 Cambodian-Americans including political analysts who welcomed him with greetings, fist bumps and selfies. Hun Sen also met with analyst Mak Hoeun, who had allegedly spoken ill

  • Khmer cinema classics back on big screen for free at WB Arena’s outdoor movies series

    On a recent Saturday evening at WB Arena, Bunsong was enjoying a tasty BBQ meal with his family after work on the long tables that had been arranged out in front of the restaurant as they watched a Khmer action movie on a big outdoor

  • PM heads to Washington for ASEAN-US special summit

    Regional and international issues and how to bring the ASEAN-US partnership to another level will be discussed at length as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ministers arrive in Washington, DC, for a special summit on May 12-13. During the trip, Hun Sen and ASEAN

  • National Assembly refutes EU resolution

    The National Assembly (NA) has hit back at a European Parliament resolution condemning the political and human rights situation in Cambodia, calling it another display of the Parliament’s “double standards”. Key points of the resolution include a warning that the Parliament could exclude the