Radio station manager still in prison after one month as government gets tough with media

first_img RSF_en January 21, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned the continuing detention of Mam Sonando, the manager of radio Sombok Khmum (Beehive FM 105), who is still being held in Prey Sar prison, near Phnom Penh, one month after his arrest. A court has refused to free him on bail and the government is about to bring an additional charge against him of broadcasting false information.“By arresting Mam Sonando, the Cambodian government is trying to discourage journalists from covering the sensitive issue of territorial concessions to Vietnam,” the press freedom organisation said. “Prime Minister Hun Sen has no right to invoke national security in order to imprison journalists and NGO activists and it is increasingly clear that the authorities are ready to sacrifice press freedom in order to hold on to power and avoid all criticism.”Reporters Without Borders has analysed the 39-minute programme on the border issue which Mam Sonando broadcast on 20 September and it is very clear that he was just doing his job as a journalist when he interviewed Sean Pengse, the head of the Paris-based Cambodia Borders Committee, which opposes ceding the islands of Phu Quoc and Krachakses to Vietnam.In the interview, Mam Sonando asked Sean Pengse to explain the border treaties between Cambodia and Vietnam. He did at one point say he agreed with his interviewee, but that was in reference to international indifference on the issue.At no point did Mam Sonando directly attack Prime Minister Hun Sen. On the contrary, he defended him twice. He said for example: “I think you are putting all the responsibility for the problem on Hun Sen. But he is in the executive and the national assembly comes first.”Reporters Without Borders intends to raise the issue of his arrest and the current threats against Cambodian journalists with the International Organisation of Francophone Nations (OIF). The UN special representative for Cambodia already requested his release on 20 October.Judge Saly Theara refused to release Mam Sonando on bail on 3 November 2005. At the same time, the prime minister’s lawyer announced that a charge of disseminating false information would be added to the charges of defamation and inciting crime. Mam Sonando faces a year in prison.Cambodian Teachers Association president Rong Chhun faces the same sentences after being arrested for signing a press release on the border issue.Reporters Without Borders is also very worried about the threat of arrest hanging over Voice of America senior stringer Sok Pov Khemara and Ath Bunny, also known as Phan Sophat, a correspondent for Radio Free Asia. They preferred to flee to Thailand at the end of October even though the authorities told them there was no plan to detain them.Man Sonando was arrested at his home on 11 October, 20 days after broadcasting the interview with Sean Pengse. The prime minister threatened to prosecute all those “who dare to say I cut off territory to give to someone else.” Sombok Khmum is one of the few privately-owned radio stations to carry independent news. It also retransmits Radio Free Asia and Voice of America programming. Help by sharing this information News Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream Mam Sonando, the manager of the independent radio station Sombok Khmum, has been in prison since 11 October and faces a one-year sentence for interviewing a critic of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Two international radio correspondents have also fled the country for fear of being arrested. This harassment of the press is unacceptable, Reporters Without Borders says. to go further News November 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio station manager still in prison after one month as government gets tough with media Receive email alerts News Organisation CambodiaAsia – Pacific Google experiments drop Australian media from search results CambodiaAsia – Pacific December 28, 2020 Find out more News RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” February 24, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Cambodialast_img read more

A Bountiful Bead Universe

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Design A Bountiful Bead Universe Story and Photography by VERONICA AN Published on Thursday, January 14, 2016 | 2:14 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Herbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Signs That Your Ex May Still Want You BackHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Pasadena Bead and Design Show welcomes over 300 artisans to the Hilton Pasadena for a tiny universe of all that shimmers, glitters and sparkles. This week’s four day extravaganza includes everyone from bead wholesalers to designers and statement-making stylers.Terry Henry exhibited nature-inspired jewelry made with organic and inorganic materials and will host classes this Friday and Saturday. These delicate creations are from her “stream of consciousness” line.Lillian Todaro displayed her stunning bead sculpture – what she calls wearable art – alongside the numerous books she has written on the subject. These time consuming pieces are one-of-a-kind and some take over 50 hours to create but she is happy to share her craft and get others beading.Nature was a recurring theme for designer Barbara Garwood, who has been working with women in remote Mongolian villages for over 25 years to preserve craft and create art. Her new line includes preserved orchids from Thailand and Vietnam, hand set with precious stones.The show includes over 100 workshop classes that guests can sign up for on the spot. There is plenty to explore and learn and some free demonstrations as well.The Pasadena Bead and Design Show is open to the public. Admission is $10; good for all four days at the Hilton Pasadena on 168 South Los Robles Avenue. Visit for more details. Top of the News Community News Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business Newslast_img read more