Phnom Penh Post Sold

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Australian miner Bill Clough has ended months of speculation and announced the sale of The Phnom Penh Post – effectively the last bastion of independent journalism in Cambodia – to a Malaysian investor for an undisclosed sum.

The sale raised fresh fears over independent journalism in Cambodia, where radio stations and The Cambodian Daily have closed while the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) has been dissolved and its leaders jailed or fled into exile as Prime Minister Hun Sen looks to consolidate his authority ahead of upcoming elections this year.

Clough hinted the current media climate had influenced his decision to sell Post Media Ltd, which includes The Phnom Penh Postand Post Khmer publications, to Sivakumar G, known as Siva.

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