Cambodian PM: Media, an Indispensable Partner of the Royal Government

Media is an indispensable partner of the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), underlined Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen in his message on the World Press Freedom Day 2018.

The RGC therefore needs an energetic, qualified, just and responsible media, he said, adding that the most important is that the media dares to tell the truth and to give constructive criticism in order to contribute to enhancing democracy, building a society with justice, rule of law, peace and sustainable development which is the RGC's will and vision.

The Premier also encouraged the journalists to continue developing their capacity, to be honest to their professionalism, to be brave to report and accept the truth, and to reflect social reality so as to take part in anti-corruption, legal, judicial and public administrative reforms.

In July 2018, he said, Cambodia will hold the 6th National Election which requires the journalists to report true information to maintain good political atmosphere and ensure the free, just and fair election with acceptable results that reflect the true will of the people.

The Prime Minister called on all journalists not to act as a judge, but to listen to all voices and provide ideas and opinions for leaders to take into consideration in order to improve their political framework or acts.

Currently, Cambodia has 353 registered national and 44 international newspapers, 126 national and 61 international magazines, 21 news bulletins, 17 imported newspapers, 124 printing houses, 18 permanent offices of foreign news agencies and international TVs, and 40 media associations and information centres. Besides, there are 80 FM radio stations in Phnom Penh, and 254 FM radio stations with the broadcasting power from 1kW to 5 kW in different provinces. For the TV broadcasting, the country has in total 154 analogue TVs, of which 22 in Phnom Penh (19 are in full operation while three in trial process), 5 digital TVs (Pay TVs), 2 DTH TVs and 133 cable TVs, of which 2 in the capital, without counting online TVs and Facebook TVs.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press