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City Hall issues new warning on ad ban

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Leaflets posted on a lamppost in the capital are considered an eyesore by the City Hall. KT/Pann Rachana

Phnom Penh City Hall has issued a second warning regarding the ban on advertising posters and announcement placards on public buildings, houses and properties in a bid to improve city aesthetics.

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City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey said this is the second statement released by the City Hall  warning against such activities, with fines in place for those who do not adhere to the ban.

According to the announcement on Monday, the activities banned included the distribution of leaflets, brochures, the hanging of banners on public properties as well as commercial broadcasting in public.

Using speakers on motorcycles, tuk-tuks and other vehicles to advertise products can adversely affect public order, the environment and the beauty of Phnom Penh, the statement said.

“If people violate the ban, we have the power to shut down businesses and make referrals to court. Everybody must follow this directive,” he said.

According to the statement, all institutions and companies are urged to halt all forms of advertising in public spaces until illegal advertising stops.

However, the statement said despite the ban, it had observed private entities, educational institutions and companies continuing to hang up posters and flyers on property.

Meas Pheakdey added that the authorities are also conducting other activities to boost the city’s aesthetics, such as removing wires along boulevards and laying them underground.

A resident who lives in Boeng Salang commune, who identified herself as Phea, said she supports the directive as the posters can be an eyesore.

“They stick posters on the wall every day and I don’t like it. But I cannot tell them to not do it. I wish they would stop because it’s not a good sight to see.”

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