New owner of Cambodian newspaper begins by firing editor

Cambodia's Phnom Penh Post sold to Malaysian businessman with ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen

The dismissal of Kay Kimsong, editor-in-chief of the English and Khmer-language editions of the Phnom Penh Post, was followed by the resignations in protest of at least four senior editorial personnel.

"Our new owners decided that our news story that pointed out questionable links between then and the Cambodian and Malaysian governments was damaging to their reputation ..."

"I will not be returning to work at the Post".

Sivakumar said in a press release distributed to staff on Saturday that he meant to maintain the newspaper's editorial independence.

Kay Kimsong, who had worked at the The Post for 10 years, told The Associated Press that the representative of the newspaper's new owner had told him he made a big mistake by allowing the publication on the front page of the article.

More than 20 current and former staff members signed a statement expressing their "disgust" over the new owner's ordering that the story be taken down from the newspaper's website.

"Our article was written in an attempt to maintain the transparency and integrity of our paper", they said. However there has been a recent crackdown on independent media.

Ganapathy said he would uphold the Post's legacy and editorial independence.

"Media freedom is now an endangered commodity, with the demise of the Put up and the Cambodia Each day, Radio Free Asia thrown overseas and a few of their journalists positioned on trial, and impartial FM radio stations shut down", he mentioned.

The English-language newspaper, The Phnom Penh Post, reported the sale Sunday.

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The country is nominally democratic, but Hun Sen, the longest-ruling leader in Asia, has recently shuttered dissenting news outlets, jailed dozens of critics and dissolved the main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, or CNRP - apparently with Beijing's blessing.

"We have witnessed the crumbling of Cambodia's media freedom", Ming Yu Hah, an official at Amnesty International, told CNN.

The Reporters Without Borders 2018 Press Freedom Index listed Cambodia at 142 out of 180 countries.

The newspaper's sale by Australian businessman Bill Clough to Sivakumar S. Ganapathy, a public relations executive in Malaysia, was announced Saturday.

"We want to be seen, as a newspaper, that we really dig for the truth. and we don't fear anyone". The Australianmentioned the paper had been "remarkably" free from authorities interference.

CNN was not able to reach Clough on Monday.

First revealed in 1992 and staffed by Cambodian and global journalists, the Phnom Penh Put up has been a uncommon impartial voice in a rustic the place political leaders haven't all the time tolerated dissent.

Siva Kumar G is described on the web site of his public relations firm as "a journalist by self-discipline and qualification".

For a quarter-century, as the United States and Europe helped Cambodia rebuild from the ravages of the genocidal rule of the Khmer Rouge, they tied billions of dollars in aid to an effort to transform Cambodia into a liberal democracy.

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