Information Minister Clarifies an FM Radio Shutdown

Minister of Information H.E. Khieu Kanharith has made a clarification over the shutdown of an FM radio and its relay stations and a rumor that the Ministry of Information will also close down Radio Free Asia (RFA) and Voice of America (VOA) in Cambodia.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference at the ministry office this morning, H.E. Khieu Kanharith affirmed that RFA and VOA will be able to continue operating in Cambodia, and the ministry shut down only any radio station that violated the law and its contract with the ministry.

According to the contract, all radio station owners have to inform and get authorisation from the Ministry of Information before leasing their airtime, he added.

Therefore, he underlined, those radio stations were closed down not because they lent their airtime to RFA or VOA, but because they broke their contract with the ministry.

In the past few days, RFA and VOA exaggerated that the Royal Government of Cambodia, through the Ministry of Information, shut down their broadcasts, said H.E. Khieu Kanharith, demanding these two U.S.-funded radio stations to show their professionalism by making a rectification to their accusation and not to consider this issue as a political one.

H.E. Khieu Kanharith advised all radio station owners to ask for an authorisation from the Ministry of Information before leasing their airtime, if not their license will be terminated.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press