Cambodia bans textbooks critical of PMJuly 14th, 2010 - 2:52 pm ICT by IANS
Phnom Penh, July 14 (DPA) The Cambodian government banned two books from schools nationwide after finding the text critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen and the ruling party, local media said Wednesday.
Education Minister Im Sethy said the general knowledge textbooks, which use a question-and-answer format, were no more than political leaflets and should be removed from schools immediately, the Phnom Penh Post newspaper reported.
One question deemed offensive asked whether Cambodia would be able to develop in the near future.
The suggested answer from author Pen Puthsphea in the Khmer-language text was that Cambodia would not because “corruption occurs from the top level of the government down to the local level, and law enforcement and the practice of human rights are still below zero”.
Pen Puthsphea denied his printed answers were critical of the ruling party and the prime minister.
“I have just responded to the real situation by including both pro and con ideas that are only my own answers to the questions,” he said, adding that the timing of the ban was odd because the books have been available for four years.
He said the ministry’s move infringes on the right to publish and the right to express ideas, both of which the government has guaranteed.
The information ministry was to carry out the order and remove the books, a senior official from the education ministry said.
Over the past 18 months, the government has grown increasingly intolerant of criticism by its perceived opponents in politics, the media and civil society.
- Cambodia Stampede Claims 345 Lives, Leaves Hundreds Injured - Nov 23, 2010
- Cambodian PM contracts swine flu - Jun 30, 2010
- Indian trade promotion office opens in Cambodia - Sep 02, 2012
- Khmer Rouge prison chief sentenced to 35 years in prison - Jul 26, 2010
- Vulture population rising in Cambodia - Jun 26, 2012
- Thailand denies violating Cambodian territory - Jun 06, 2011
- 180 killed in Cambodia stampede (Third Lead) - Nov 23, 2010
- At least 1,500 Cambodian troops leave disputed border with Thailand - Sep 01, 2011
- Close ASEAN cooperation urged to promote growth (Lead) - Apr 03, 2012
- President arrives in Cambodia - Sep 13, 2010
- Clashes along Thai-Cambodian border resume - Feb 17, 2011
- Cambodia and Thailand agree to remove troops from disputed border - Sep 16, 2011
- President Patil receives traditional welcome in Cambodia - Sep 14, 2010
- Chinese city removes sex textbook from shelves - Sep 01, 2011
- Patil donates Rs.1.1 crore to India-Cambodia Friendship School - Sep 15, 2010
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,