Foreign Affairs Ministry has denied the accusation by The Cambodia Daily that the government closed its operation and bank account due to its criticism of the government.
According to the Ministry’s statement today, it said that many media outlets are operating freely as long as they comply with the country’s laws, especially paying tax.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation wishes to vehemently deny The Cambodia Daily’s accusation that the Royal Government of Cambodia shut its operation and closed its bank account due to its stance critical of the Government,” the statement said.
“This accusation is false and not based on fact at all,” it said, adding that the newspaper’s bank account was closed because the newspaper owner failed to respond to General Department of Taxation in 30 days.
It added that the newspaper owner postponed the meetings on numerous occasions and shut down its publication on its own for failing to comply with its tax obligations in accordance with the Law on Taxation.
The statement said that after the deadline, the GDT applied measures in accordance with the Law on Taxation by closing The Cambodia Daily’s bank account in September last year.
The ministry reiterated that The Cambodia Daily can resume its operation after it pays tax.