Closures of Newspapers

  • 18/11/2011
  • Publications > Factsheets
In August and September 2011 the Ministry of Information (the “Ministry”) closed 39 Khmer-­languag newspapers, allegedly for holding expired licenses and, in two cases, for failing to publish their addresses. However, licensing and closure are not covered by the Press Law 1995 (the “Press Law”). An obscure 1999 sub‐decree grants the Ministry the power to terminate press activities, though without any provision for conditions or process. While it is logical to close newspapers that no longer operate, such measures should be fully transparent, in accordance with due process as prescribed by law, and effected by an independent industry-­specific body or the courts, otherwise such measures risk appearing to compromise the right to freedom of expression.