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Cambodian PM labels educational ad on TV as indecent
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18:31, October 03, 2007

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Cambodian Premier Hun Sen on Wednesday said that an educational advertisement on TV seems to encourage people to have more sex, rather than tell them to adopt condom as necessity to fend off HIV/AIDS.

"The spot looks like saying Cambodian ladies are hungry for sex " but not promoting use of condoms, he said at a graduation ceremony of health students.

Health NGO PSI, which created the spot for airing on TV, should create better spots to educate people about the danger of HIV/AIDS and the advantage of using condoms, he added.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry should monitor such TV commercials which might otherwise affect the society negatively, he said.

"It is a nice thing that we create spots to educate people about the danger of HIV/AIDS, but we also should be cautious (in the process of creation). The spots can persuade careless people to find dangerous partners who might therefore transmit HIV/AIDS," he added.

The public interest advertisement showed that two men were refused by some fashion models and kicked out of the room by the security guard. Later, they came back with condoms in their pockets. Two models then agreed and went out with them.

This has been the second time that Hun Sen criticized such educational spots. Earlier this year, he thought an advertisement promoting schooling as inappropriate.

The spot showed that a wife told her husband that "if I know you are illiterate, I won't marry you."

Hun Sen argued that such a dialogue would adversely affect the illiterate couples in Cambodia.

Source: Xinhua

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