Controversy Hits Malaysian Indian Investor's Takeover of Cambodian Newspaper

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

The paper's new ownership said Sunday in a statement that it was "fully committed" to upholding the 26-year-old newspaper's "principles/independence without infringing any relevant laws and regulations of the Kingdom of Cambodia", The Post reported.

Managing editor Stuart White, who has worked for the Post for six years, was the first staff member to refuse to remove the article.

Now many fear the Post's independence will be compromised under a new owner, Mr Sivakumar Ganapathy, who is the CEO of a public relations firm that lists Mr Hun Sen as a former client.

One journalist at the Post tweeted that the new editor-in-chief "asked staff what to do this morning in order to put out English language edition".

Sivakumar called the piece "a disgrace and an insult to the independence claim of the newspaper" and said it "borders on internal sabotage".

"With or without the sale, press freedom in Cambodia is close to nonexistent", said Kem Monovithya, the opposition party's deputy director general of public affairs and the daughter of its leader, Kem Sokha, who was detained in September and accused of plotting a US-funded coup - a charge he denies.

The main opposition party - Mr Hun Sen's only real rival - was dissolved in a court ruling previous year, in a move that rights groups condemned as a death knell for the country's democracy.

"The prospects were already very bleak for a free and fair election" in July, Sam Rainsy added in a telephone interview from Paris, where he lives in exile.

"Our article was written in an attempt to maintain the transparency and integrity of our paper as we have done for more than 25 years", they wrote.

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"All the undersigned express our disgust for this decision made in contradiction to the values of a free press".

The Post was founded in 1992 as Cambodia sought to re-establish stability and democracy after the tumult of genocidal Khmer Rouge rule in the late 1970s and subsequent fighting between its guerrillas and the communist government that succeeded it.

Sivakumar, in the sale's announcements issued separately by himself and Clough, was described as having a background as an experienced journalist and representing a strong investment group from Malaysia.

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

Since launching in January 2007, the Cambodia-based Southeast Asia Globe has sought to "engage our readers through reports that dig deeper and stories that inspire".

Post Media Ltd, the publisher of the Phnom Penh Post and Post Khmer Publications, said the company has been sold to a Malaysian investor named Sivakumar G.

The Overseas Press Club of Cambodia (OPCC) voiced its concerns about the sale "to a Malaysian investor whose PR company is connected to Prime Minister Hun Sen".

All stories must now be approved by Purushotman in what critics of the sale, and subsequent events, have said is a further worrying sign that the Post's independent voice has been silenced.

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