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BBG Criticizes Cancellation of Coverage

Cambodian government bans RFA and VOA election programs

The U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors criticized the Cambodian Ministry of Information for a decision forbidding FM stations in Cambodia to air Khmer-language election programming from Radio Free Asia and the Voice of America during last week’s elections.

According to a release the ban involved five stations.

BBG said that RFA and VOA “play a critical role in informing the Cambodian electorate on fundamental election issues, and they provide a platform for the full spectrum of political opinions in the country.”

Presiding Governor Michael Lynton stated: “News and information programs help shape a well-educated citizenry and should be encouraged, not denied. These attempts to silence RFA and VOA are counterproductive to the goals of building a democratic society in Cambodia.”