Sep 12, 2017

‘A cautionary tale’: Cambodian government kills dissenting press

Perhaps Cambodia will have a free and open society again someday, but not under the current government. Freelance journalist Mark Tilly reports on the increasingly autocratic dictatorship of Hun Sen.

There was a surreal quality to the day The Cambodia Daily published its final edition.

For years the pint-sized A4 paper only circulated 4000-5000 copies per day, but last week people were scrambling from newsstand to newsstand across the capital, Phnom Penh, attempting to track down the last edition, which packed one final punch.

Free Trial

Proudly annoying those in power since 2000.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions


Leave a comment

2 thoughts on “‘A cautionary tale’: Cambodian government kills dissenting press

  1. Rais

    Nobody who wishes Cambodia well could wish an honest non-government publication closed but having lived for several years in Indonesia and two years in Thailand I’m aware of the miniscule readership of English language publications in those countries. They are mostly read by expats and lazy foreign journalists who don’t know the local language and like to quote these publications as “influential.” The article quotes a low circulation figure for the “Daily” which would probably be mostly these expats and journalists. That doesn’t justify closing it but it probably won’t have much impact inside the country.

  2. AR

    A novel concept indeed – charging a foreign owned newspaper tax and not being supported for such generosity.

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details