Hun Sen Permits CNRP TV Channel

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PHNOM PENH, (Khmer Times) — Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced permiting the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to broadcast their own television station.
 
The change of policy has come out of the negotiations to end the political deadlock between the CNRP and the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). Previously, the CNRP had requested to have their own television station, but said that the government denied it. 
 
In response to the CNRP’s claim, Mr. Hun Sen said that the Royal Government of Cambodia had agreed to allow their own TV channel, which shall be registered as a private company and not operated by a political party.
 
“I agree to that request, but the CNRP must register a private company to request a license from the Ministry of Information,” added Mr. Hun Sen. 
 
In clarifying the necessity for the CNRP to register through a private company, Mr. Hun Sen explained that if a political party can create a TV station independently, other political parties will request the same and it will cause trouble. 
 
The channel frequency will be taken from the National Television of Kampuchea (TVK) to provide for the station that will be linked to the CNRP.
 
Mr. Yem Ponhearith, spokesman for the CNRP, said, “It is a positive step towards ending the political deadlock in Cambodia. The ruling party has agreed to two of our requests for media system reform and election reform.” 
 
He added that among the issues currently under negotiation, both parties will hold further discussions concerning the date of the next election.  
 
Mr. Hun Sen made the comments while he and his wife, Mrs. Bun Rany, were visiting disabled people at Kampot’s Koh Sla Disabled Soldiers Development Center. 

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