Information Minister Encourages Local TVs to Include Sign Language in News Programme

Cambodian Minister of Information H.E. Khieu Kanharith has once again encouraged all local TV channels to include sign language in their news programme so that the persons with disabilities have full access to information like other citizens.

Speaking at the Announcement Ceremony for the Winner of the Competition for Media Disability Champion in Political Participation in Phnom Penh this morning, H.E. Khieu Kanharith said the ministry cannot force private TVs to do so as it is based on a voluntary basis because they still face financial and technical problems.

Mr. Ngin Saoroth, Executive Director of Cambodian Disabled People's Organisation (CDPO), welcomed the move, stressing that it enhances not only the access to enough information for the disabled people, but also the standard of the TV channels themselves.

He also affirmed CDPO's readiness to cooperate in providing sign language translators to any TV channel that wants to include sign language in their programmes.

Currently, there are only the state-run TVK and private Bayon TV that have used sign language in their newscasts.

The first winner of the competition is Miss Sopharin from TVK, while the two runners up are from Hang Meas HDTV and PNN TV, respectively.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press