AKP Phnom Penh, November 15, 2019 —
The Ministry of Information has authorised the Voice of America (VOA) Khmer Service (VOA Khmer) to rent airtime from two local radio stations.
The ministry’s Spokesperson H.E. Meas Sophorn shared the update after the meeting between Minister of Information H.E. Khieu Kanharith and newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. W. Patrick Murphy, at the ministry office this morning.
VOA Khmer can rent airtime of Beehive and WMC Radio Stations, but the owners of the two stations have to make an official request to the ministry and fill out legal forms.
The U.S. Embassy also released the outcomes of the meeting on its social media account.
“Today, Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy met with Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith to discuss the crucial role independent media plays in a democracy, and how the United States and Cambodia might work together to help restore a fully free and vibrant press in Cambodia,” it said.
Ambassador Murphy noted that the recent re-registration of Voice of America was an important step forward and expressed his hope that soon all Cambodians will be able to hear local radio broadcasts of Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, it added.
By Khan Sophirom