Minister closes 330 inactive newspapers

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Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith meets 50 local journalists from Ratanakkiri province six months ago who asked for intervention after their colleagues were jailed on extortion charges. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith on Monday deleted 330 newspapers from the official list as they had not renewed their licenses and some had not been published for years.

“Today we deleted 330 expired newspapers, newspapers with no publications,” Mr Kanharith posted on his Facebook page.

He said active newspapers numbered 388, there were 207 magazines and 25 newsletters along with 200 radio stations, 20 television stations and 148 websites.

The closure of the newspapers came after criticism of those media outlets for not publishing regularly and using the names of their media organisations to extort money.

Huy Vannak, the president of the Union of Journalist Federations in Cambodia, said he supported the ministry’s efforts to strengthen the media in Cambodia.

“Repealing the licenses of bloated and inactive media groups is not the closure of operating companies nor an action against freedom of expression,” he said.

“But it will help improve journalism in the nation. We also urge the Ministry of Information to continue cleaning up media businesses to ensure that they comply with the laws and ethics for journalists.”

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