Cambodia Daily closed: Note in support of freedom of expression in Cambodia
On 4 September 2017, the Cambodia Daily announced its closure after 24 years of independent journalism. The announcement came in the wake of government threats of closure and asset confiscation over allegedly unpaid taxes since 2007, amounting to US $6.3 million. The paper insists that the tax dispute is politically motivated, and has called for proper audits and good faith negotiations.
In this note, we acknowledge the newspaper's immense contribution to human rights reporting, and express deep concern about this loss and other related threats to freedom of expression and association in Cambodia.