Aiming to stamp out pornography, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday ordered the Ministry of Information to invalidate the licenses of pornographic magazines or file court complaints against pornographic publications.
Speaking at a certification ceremony for teachers in Phnom Penh, Hun Sen also ordered the confiscation of pornographic magazines from newsstands, naming the magazine Kolab as an example.
Hun Sen said he discovered that pornographic books are sold near schools, adding that they cause more social damage than sex videos because poor children can more easily afford them.
“It is very dangerous,” he said.
Hun Sen also took aim at gangs, appealing for authorities to take action. “If we cannot eliminate the gangsters group, we should abandon [our] positions and let them to be the governors of the cities and provinces,” he said.
He reiterated previous assertions that children of high-ranking officials are not immune to punishment. “If the children of the prime minister breach [the law], we also have to arrest them,” he said.
Hun Sen’s nephew Nhim Sophea, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for an October 2003 shooting that left three dead, was released in August 2004 and cleared of all charges, five months after his conviction.