The Ministry of Information on Saturday lifted a ban on the broadcast of all Khmer-language foreign radio programs by FM stations during the month leading up to the July 28 national election amid swift and harsh rebuke from the U.S. and the broadcasters themselves. The ministry signed off on the ban Tuesday and announced it Friday, claiming that the blackout on any and all foreign programming was needed to assure “neutral” coverage of the election, and warned it would take legal action against anyone who broke it. On Saturday, the ministry attributed the swift about face on the
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