Radio Host Calls On Pupils to Denounce Teachers Talking Politics

The owner of the popular local ABC radio station on Thursday urged university students to call his station and inform listeners if their teachers discuss information that could be deemed critical of the government.

An ABC radio employee who spoke on the condition of anonymity as she is not authorized to speak to other media, said Thursday that ABC owner Seng Bunveng, who goes by the pseudonym “Aja A,” called on students to ring the station and out teachers with political views.

Mr. Bunveng could not be contacted for comment.

“If they know this [teachers talking about politics], just inform ABC and the station will convey the message to the top level to check,” the ABC staffer said of the broadcast yesterday.

“The teachers can’t use their teaching time to tell students about politics. When they teach, they can’t talk about politics,” the staffer said.

The call to hold teachers to account is not the first time that Mr. Bunveng’s views have caused controversy.

In July, just before the national election, Mr. Bunveng used a morning broadcast to predict that the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces would move to oust opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha if they won the election.

Mr. Bunveng, who set up ABC Radio in 2008, warned that the military would stage a coup if the opposition CNRP were to win the election because most soldiers are ultimately loyal to the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The CNRP claims to have won July’s national election and refuses to take their seats in the Na­tional Assembly until an independent investigation into election irregularities is conducted.

Mr. Bunveng’s broadcast comes as the CNRP’s wraps up a three-day rally in Phnom Penh, during which they have marched to a U.N. office and foreign embassies urging them to intervene in the current political deadlock.

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