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PPP Cambodia's Phnom Penh Post sold to Malaysian businessman with ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen
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  The newspaper's editor-in-chief has reportedly been fired and four other top editors have resigned after the announcement
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  <strong>The <em>Phnom Penh Post's</em><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-politics-media/sale-of-newspaper-in-cambodia-disaster-for-media-freedom-rights-group-idUSKBN1I80MV"> editor-in-chief has been fired</a> and four other top editors resigned after they refused to remove an article about the newspaper's new owner from its website.</strong>
  The daily Cambodia paper <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-07/cambodias-last-independent-paper-sold-to-malaysian-spin-doctor/9735306">was this week sold</a> to Sivakumar Ganapathy, a Malaysian investor and executive at public relations firm, <a href="http://www.asia-pr.com/">Asia PR.</a> The company's website says that it has previously done work for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government. (ABC Australia)
  A story on <a href="https://phnompenhpost.com/business/phnom-penh-post-sold-malaysian-investor">the <em>Phnom Penh Post</em> website said the sale followed</a> a wrongful termination suit brought by a former chief executive and a US$3.9 million tax bill from the government.
  The article also said Asia PR’s past clients include “Cambodia and Hun Sen’s entry into the Government seat.”
  A reporter and sub editor at the newspaper <a href="https://twitter.com/erinahandley">Erin Handley</a> relayed a statement from managing editor Stuart White on Twitter.<a href="https://twitter.com/erinahandley/status/993404475183218689"> White said he resigned</a> after he was told to take down the article about the sale.
  "The Post has always been fiercely protective of its independence and I felt that order was a sign that that might be in jeopardy going forward," he said in the statement.
  Sivakumar said in a press release distributed to staff on Saturday that he intended to maintain the newspaper’s editorial independence. However there has been a recent crackdown on independent media.
  <em><a href="https://www.cambodiadaily.com/">The Cambodia Daily</a></em>, another independent newspaper,<a class="story-body__link" href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41141473"> closed last year after it received a $6.3m tax bill.</a>
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