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PM: All TV stations must have sign language experts

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
A man using sign language to communicate. KT/ Khem Sovannara

Prime Minister Hun Sen today repeated a call for all television stations to have sign language experts to interpret news to deaf viewers.


The call was made during a ceremony to transfer the management of the school for the blind and deaf children of Krousar Thmey to the Education Ministry in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.

Mr Hun Sen said that only a handful of television stations engaged sign language interpreters following a previous call and requested others to follow suit so that deaf people can also have access to the news.

“Any television station that refuse to employ an interpreter [sign language], is limiting the rights of deaf people,” he noted. “So, the owners of all television stations please hire sign language experts because blind people can hear the news but a deaf person cannot and needs sign interpreters.”

Mr Hun Sen said this is the last time he is making the request and from now on he will monitor all television channels to see if they have hired sign language interpreters.

He noted that if he found any channel which do not use them he would call up the television station owners to explain why they have not done so.

Mr Hun Sen said that if owners claim that they will be losing profits by hiring the interpreters, he will ask them to provide an audit of the expenditure for each programme.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper

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