|Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking yesterday. Supplied|
PM warns of media anarchy
Khmer Times | 28 February 2017
Prime Minister Hun Sen warned the media yesterday that he was determined to maintain social order, citing US President Donald Trump’s exclusion of some news outlets from a White House briefing.
Speaking at a National Clean City Day event, Mr. Hun Sen repeated his opposition to any attempt to destroy peace in Cambodia.
Speaking obliquely about the United States, a country that has often criticized the human rights situation in Cambodia, Mr. Hun Sen said he respected human rights, but opposed those who used those rights to destroy the nation.
“Do not talk about rights,” he said. “The right to anarchy is the right to damage the nation.
“I acknowledge rights, but not the right to anarchy. I hope foreign partners understand this.”
He reminded his audience of Mr. Trump’s decision to ban certain media from a White House press briefing because Mr. Trump believed they considered him to be a dictator.
“Mr. Trump saw them as anarchists. He stopped these groups entering the White House,” he said.
“They alleged Mr. Trump was a dictator. Some people just talk about rights, but they do not mention peace and stability.
“I want to ask, during the Khmer Rouge period, were those who died able to write news?”