Trump inspires Cambodian Government official to threaten US
A Cambodian government official has finally said US president Donald Trump’s attacks on the media is being an inspiration to his country observing limits on freedom of expression.
Phay Siphan, cabinet spokesman has warned media companies including particular two radio station funded by the U.S government. Cambodian authorities might be forced to act against them if they continue reporting threats against country’s stability.
Mr. Trump’s freedom of expression
Major media outlets in Cambodian government official are being supportive towards the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for three decades. It is now clear that his daughters own a popular television network!
Phay Siphan has posted comments over the weekend on his Facebook page telling out about how Mr. Trump has sent a clear message reporting out that some journalists doesn’t reflect reality. He added that Mr. Trump meant that freedom of expression should always respect the law as well as the authority of the state which includes state responsibility for interests making sure they keep the country at peace by all means.
Phay Siphan has warned three popular radio stations, — the local Voice of Democracy and the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia and Voice of America — along with unspecified other media that they should “reconsider their use of airtime and publishing” or risk having the government take action in response to their alleged exaggerations, incitements and threats to stability and peace. Phay Siphan Warned three popular radio stations.
The mandate of the U.S. -supported stations are to promote democracy and the free flow of information. Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian government official Center for Human Rights, an independent group funded by Western donor countries, noted that the journalism advocacy group Reporters Without Borders ranked Cambodian 120 out of 180 countries for press freedom, underlining that it “is already not an easy place to work as a journalist.”
“Those who speak truth to power are regularly threatened or targeted, and this situation appears to be deteriorating. Trump’s disdain for the media is likely to be noted with interest by autocrats across the world, and potentially felt by many journalists who report on sensitive issues.
For democracy in Cambodia to have any substance, it is vital that the freedom of the press is respected,” she said. All this has been a weird tension to Media all throughout the entire country. Hoping that all will be well!
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