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Cambodia Daily to close

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The Cambodia Daily has issued a statement that it will have to cease operations. KT/Mai Vireak

The Cambodia Daily announced on Sunday that it will cease operations on Monday.

“As a result of extra-legal threats by the government to close the Daily, freeze its accounts and prosecute the new owner for the actions of the previous owner, The Bernard Krisher Jimusho Co. is unable to operate The Cambodia Daily newspaper and it will cease publication as of September 4, 2017,” the Daily said in an official announcement.

“There may well be a legitimate dispute between the tax department and the owners of the Daily over when tax became collectable and in what amount. In an ordinary process, matters in dispute would be resolved after an audit and private negotiations.

“Instead, the Daily has been targeted with an astronomical tax assessment, leaks and false statements by the tax department and public vilification by the head of government before an audit, much less a legal proceeding.”

The Daily has been publishing in Cambodia for about 25 years.

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