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Cambodian media: Stop mocking LGBTI people

Sun 20 Dec 2015 In: International News

The Cambodian Information Ministry has accused local media of taking jokes, made at the expense of LGBTI people, too far. A Cambodian protester tapes his mouth shut in protest against discrimination of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), in front of National Assembly, in Phnom Penh, The Ministry believes that recent depictions of LGBTI people are derrogatory and has urged actors and presenters to stop using these in an attempt to gain popularity. In a letter sent out to media outlets, the media says: "This kind of commentary and/or performance is an act of looking down on LGBTI people.   "It degrades the honour and rights of LGBTI people who are also protected by the state’s law as well as other citizens." 82 percent of LGBTI Cambodians recently surveyed believe prejudice is the top problem faced by LGBTI people in the country. The survey reveals that almost one third of all LGBTI Cambodians have never come out of the closet.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Sunday, 20th December 2015 - 4:49pm

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