TV Stations Ordered to Stop Showing Mangled Corpses.

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TV Stations Ordered to Stop Showing Mangled Corpses.

Post by Anchor Moy » Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:45 pm

It appears that a message to media announced on facebook that Cambodian TV should stop showing images of dead bodies of murder victims and traffic accidents.

The exact content of the message remains unclear, the sender of the message remains uncertain, and it is not even sure that it was really sent at all.
From this article it is unclear whether it means that murder stories and traffic accidents are to longer be reported at all, or whether it is simply an attempt to curb the graphic excesses of Cambodian news reports and show a bit of respect for the victims.

Running a country by fb has its drawbacks.

Staff at two television stations said on Sunday they had received online messages, apparently from a government official, ordering them to cease reporting on murder cases, but the official and a government spokesman claimed to have no knowledge of the edict.

An undated Facebook message supposedly sent by Svay Sitha, a secretary of state at the Council of Ministers, was circulated among members of the media on Sunday. It ordered “television stations to stop broadcasting pictures and information related to murder stories from now on.”

“Please, your excellencies and all managers at state- and private-run television stations, cooperate and implement the order strictly,” read the message, which was sent by a Facebook account under the name “Svay Sitha Sitha Svay.”

Contacted on Sunday, Mr. Sitha denied issuing the order and said the Facebook account was not his, adding that he owned an old Nokia mobile phone incapable of sending Facebook messages...
“I think that someone used my name because they wanted to criticize the government,” he added, before hanging up on a reporter...

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/jour ... rs-115833/
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Re: TV Stations Ordered to Stop Showing Mangled Corpses.

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:01 pm

The article from the Phnom Penh Post on the same subject looks at it in the context of the Kem Ley murder and procession:
A day before the funeral procession of slain political analyst Kem Ley, Cambodia’s television outlets were ordered by the government not to broadcast “images and content related to murder”.

In a group messaging app, Council of Ministers Secretary of State Svay Sitha wrote: “Please all state and private TV stations stop, from now on, [broadcasting] both images and content related to murder [in Cambodia]”. The directive demanded “all stations cooperate and implement this regulation thoroughly”.

Television journalist Thai Sothea yesterday criticised the order on Facebook. “How do you want to impress your audience when you do very little or not do anything at all about [yesterday’s] funeral procession of a man well respected and beloved by millions of people across the country?”

The procession – which attracted thousands of mourners – was widely covered by local and international media.

But Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said the message was simply intended to stop media outlets from publishing pictures of gruesome deaths, though the text made no mention of traffic accidents or suicides.

“We should learn from the past killings . . . and if we don’t show those violent images, all the killing shall be away from Cambodian minds.”

Siphan claimed it was a long-term mission of the Ministry of Information and the proximity to Kem Ley’s funeral was a coincidence.

He said while the media had the right to disseminate information, public taste should dictate which images were shown and that the media should “promote peace”, not “polarise the public”...
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/t ... -says-govt
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Re: TV Stations Ordered to Stop Showing Mangled Corpses.

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:43 pm

Anyone watch this on TV ? Was it covered better on the radio ?

TV stations defend coverage of Kem Ley funeral march

Thu, 28 July 2016
Niem Chheng

State-run National Television of Kampuchea (TVK) yesterday defended its decision to provide limited coverage to Kem Ley’s funeral procession.

“We broadcasted the procession,” TVK director Kem Gunawadh told the Post. “The duration of the broadcast was almost seven minutes,” he added, before quickly correcting himself, acknowledging the broadcast was closer to two minutes. “We broadcasted what we could as the state media,” he said.

Other local stations also aired limited coverage of the parade, which drew tens, if not hundreds, of thousands in the capital.

“We aired a news spot lasting around two to three minutes,” said Huy Vannak, news editor for sister stations CTN and CNC. “As for the criticism, we cannot just do whatever the public wants. We have our own strategies. No one can force or twist us to do this or that.”

A day before the procession, TV outlets had been warned not to broadcast “images and content related to murder”, though the Information Ministry on Monday said it had only been reiterating pre-existing policy...
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/t ... eral-march
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