PM Reminds All TV Channels of Sign Language in News Programme

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has once again called on all TV channels to include sign language in their news programme.

While presiding over a ceremony to transfer the management of Krousar Thmey Organisation's special schools for deaf or blind children to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the official inauguration of the National Institute for Special Education here yesterday, Samdech Techo Hun Sen declared to pay the sign language service for any TV channels that could not afford it.

The Premier added that he would monitor all TV channels to check whether or not they follow his instruction, if not he would contact directly their respective management.

Sign language is the better way for the deaf to have access to information through television, he underlined.

According to the Disability Action Council, Cambodia currently has 524,000 people with disabilities, of whom more than 43,000 are deaf.

There are now about 512 print media institutions, 72 online news organisations, and more than 200 main, relay and cable TVs and five digital TVs in Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press