TV5 was launched in 1992. It is the first private Cambodian TV channel of the country. Both the Ministry of Defence and the Thai media company KANTANA hold an equal share of 50 % each in it. The entertainment part and advertising are arranged without the ministry’s influence [KAS, 2009, p.52]. However, the news coverage is under the direct control of the Ministry of Defence that provides political guidelines. Although claiming to be neutral, TV5 only focuses on news regarding the ruling government. There is hardly any reporting on opposition parties and Thai Series are the most popular shows of the TV channel, especially among the youth [CMRD, 2015].

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