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Government Pulls Plug on Radio Station

The government has shut down a radio station in Kratie province, in what critics call a censoring of free press.

The station, Angkor Rotha, was shut down Wednesday after broadcasting only 13 days, said owner Keo Chan Rotha.

The station had sold several broadcasting spots to political parties competing in July’s general election, he said.

“I ask the government for my radio to be broadcast again, because I want Cambodian to have more free information from all [political] parties,” he said.

Human Rights Party Vice President Keo Remy called the shuttering of the station a violation of free expression and an attempt to “shut up” voices of democracy.

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said the radio station had “made the mistake of breaking the license contract and looking down on the information official in Kratie province.”

A similar radio station in Siem Reap province was still running, he added.