Radio tax flip flops

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Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith. Supplied

The General Department of Taxation reaffirmed yesterday that two radio outlets, Radio Free Asia and Voice of America, will have to pay tax, contrary to a statement made by Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith.

On Tuesday, the minister claimed that RFA and VOA do not need to pay tax, but did need media licences to operate.

As the outlets didn’t have their own radio frequency and rented airtime from radio stations, it was up to the radio stations to pay tax, not them, Mr Kanharith said.

Several local news organisations claimed the taxation was due to politics as the outlets targeted were often critical of the government.

A statement released by the tax department denied this.

“The General Department of Taxation denies the allegations that the recent tax action for some enterprises, including those relating to journalism and civil society organisations, have a political manner, because this statement is inappropriate.”

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