A New Mandala reader in Laos has sent us this gem from the Vientiane Times

Ensuring all Lao citizens have television coverage by 2020 is a priority for Minister of Information and Culture Mounkeo Oraboun.

Speaking at a national television meeting yesterday in Vientiane , Mr Mounkeo said expanding television coverage would allow people, particularly in rural areas, to access important information. The television network signal currently covers 60 percent of the country, the majority of which comprises urban areas.

In areas where villagers cannot access the media, especially television, people are very poor and I want all Lao households to be able to watch Lao-produced television to help fight poverty,” Mr Mounkeo said.

We will be keeping a close eye on Mr Mounkeo’s campaign.