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Editorial staff out as Phnom Penh Post sold to businessman with government ties Editorial staff out as Phnom Penh Post sold to businessman with government ties
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The Cambodia newspaper's editor in chief has been fired, chief executive and four other top editors have resigned The Cambodia newspaper's editor in chief has been fired, chief executive and four other top editors have resigned
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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 the chief executive along with the entire editorial staff and reporters have resigned after they refused to remove an article about the newspaper's new owner from its website.</strong> <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 the chief executive along with the entire editorial staff and reporters have resigned after they refused to remove an article about the newspaper's new owner from its website.</strong>
"We are now down to zero editors," according to a May 7 tweet from <em>Phnom Penh Post</em> arts and culture writer E. Quinn Libson. "We are now down to zero editors," according to a May 7 tweet from <em>Phnom Penh Post</em> arts and culture writer E. Quinn Libson.
https://twitter.com/quinnlibson/status/993503216695369728 https://twitter.com/quinnlibson/status/993503216695369728
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) 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. 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.” The article also said Asia PR’s past clients include “Cambodia and Hun Sen’s entry into the Government seat.”
The newspaper's editor-in-chief <a href="https://www.phnompenhpost.com/author/kay-kimsong/17838">Kay Kimsong</a> was reportedly fired after he refused to take down the news story. The newspaper's editor-in-chief <a href="https://www.phnompenhpost.com/author/kay-kimsong/17838">Kay Kimsong</a> was reportedly fired after he refused to take down the news story.
The reporter who wrote the story, <a href="https://twitter.com/BrendanOByrne/status/993396470211428352">Brendan O'Byrne, said on Twitter</a> that he offered his resignation for the same reason. The reporter who wrote the story, <a href="https://twitter.com/BrendanOByrne/status/993396470211428352">Brendan O'Byrne, said on Twitter</a> that he offered his resignation for the same reason.
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 then told to take down the article about the sale. 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 then 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. "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.
She also <a href="https://twitter.com/erinahandley/status/993430742871912448">carried a message</a> from the newspaper's chief executive Marcus Holmes, who has also resigned. She also <a href="https://twitter.com/erinahandley/status/993430742871912448">carried a message</a> from the newspaper's chief executive Marcus Holmes, who has also resigned.
“I’m not going to stand by and watch somebody of Kimsong’s professionalism and years of service and dedication to the Post just get fired for no reason,”he said. “I’m not going to stand by and watch somebody of Kimsong’s professionalism and years of service and dedication to the Post just get fired for no reason,”he said.
https://twitter.com/erinahandley/status/993404475183218689 https://twitter.com/erinahandley/status/993404475183218689
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.  Sivakumar said in a press release distributed to staff on Saturday that he intended to maintain the newspaper’s editorial independence.
  He also <a href="https://twitter.com/julia_wallace/status/993430394753044480">released a statement </a>outlining the issues with the article that "smelled of malice" and the journalists who were "careless and vicious in their reporting."
  There has been a recent crackdown on independent media ahead of the general election in July.
  <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun_Sen" rel="external">Hun Sen</a>, the longest serving prime minister in the world and a former Khmer Rouge officer, has moved <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodia_National_Rescue_Party" rel="external">against political rivals</a>, a <a href="https://www.cambodiadaily.com/cambodia-daily-close-24-years/" rel="external">free press (<em>Cambodia Daily</em>)</a> and <a href="https://www.globalwitness.org/en/campaigns/forests/cost-of-luxury/" rel="external">NGOs (Global Witness)</a> in the lead-up to national elections in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodian_general_election,_2018" rel="external">July 2018</a>. Few doubt his <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodian_People%27s_Party" rel="external">Cambodian People’s Party (CPP)</a>will lose.
<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> <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/19/cambodia/cambodia-inches-toward-a-chinese-style-political-system/49988/"><em>Read WikiTribune's backgrounder on Cambodia's slide into one-party rule.</em></a>
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