Cambodia Daily Newspaper To Close After 24 Years

The paper announced it would cease operations after receiving a tax bill of $6.3 million. Representatives of the paper say the bill was a silencing tactic because of its coverage of Cambodia's leader.
Reporters of the English-laguage newspaper Cambodia Daily watch a video clip featuring Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha at their newsroom in Phnom Penh on September 3, 2017. One of Cambodia's last remaining independent newspapers, the paper announced on Sept. 3, that it was closing after 24 years, the latest in a series of blows to critics of strongman prime minister Hun Sen. Source: Tang Chhin Sothy

One of Cambodia's major English-language newspapers will close this week because it is unable to pay what the government says it owes in back taxes.

In a statement released Sunday, says "as a result of extra-legal threats by the government," the paper will stop publication on Monday, Sept. 4.

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