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Phnom Penh (VNA) – The  Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia has warned that social media users who broadcast images, audio and video clips with content of a sexual nature, that is inflammatory or racist and harms culture and national traditions are forbidden and will be punished.

According to a ministry directive, the ministry has observed users of certain websites and social network sites, especially online businesses, musicians, writers and so-called outside actors of broadcasting images, text messages, audio clips and videos that are immoral and unethical and having a serious impact on culture, tradition, identity and prestige.

The ministry said if any individual or group continues to engage in any of the above activities, it will cooperate with the Ministries of Interior; Information; Posts and Telecommunications and other relevant institutions to take action.

Ministry spokesman Long Ponnasirivath said last week that officials at the ministry are working on the procedure.

He said the first step is to educate those who have wronged or harmed culture and tradition. The next step will be to call in the individuals for questioning and to sign an agreement to stop all activities that the ministry deems inappropriate.

For the last step, he said, the ministry will work with the Ministries of Information, and Posts and Telecommunications to demand that all images or videos be removed.
Until now, only administrative actions are taken and people are invited to the ministry for further education for their unusual behaviour on social media, Ponnasirivath said./.