New owner of Phnom Penh Post denies Cambodian government launched crackdown on independent press

The Malaysian businessman refused to reveal the price of the sale of the newspaper or how a US$3.9 million tax bill was settled as part of the purchase

The new Malaysian owner of one of Cambodia’s major newspapers has brushed off suggestions of a far-reaching media crackdown and vehemently denied links to Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled for 33 years, as concerns about the country’s press freedom deepen.

In a fiery press conference in the capital Phnom Penh on Friday, Malaysian businessman Siva Kumar Ganapathy blasted former Phnom Penh Post journalists as “careless, malicious and defamatory” in their reporting of his purchase of the Post from Australian mining magnate Bill Clough.

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