Cambodian newspapers faces closure over tax demand

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Posted: Aug 21, 2017 11:14 AM

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — One of Cambodia's two English-language daily newspapers says it will continue to publish in the face of a reported deadline by tax officials to pay more than $6 million in taxes or get shut down.

The Ministry of Economy and Finance earlier this month told the newspaper it owed the government back taxes and interest dating back 10 years. The letter was part of a crackdown on delinquent taxpayers that prominently targeted media and civic organizations critical of the government.

The Sept. 4 deadline was reported by Fresh News, a website close to the government, quoting Taxation Department director Kong Vibol. The newspaper denies owing the tax. It reported Monday that its general manager, Douglas Steele, vowed to keep publishing until being actually stopped by the authorities.