The Phnom Penh Post
The Phnom Penh Post (Khmer: ភ្នំពេញបុស្តិ៍) is a daily English-language newspaper published in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Founded in 1992 by publisher Michael Hayes and Kathleen O'Keefe, it is Cambodia's oldest English-language newspaper. The paper was initially published fortnightly as a full-color tabloid; in 2008 it increased frequency to daily publication and redesigned the format as a Berliner. The Phnom Penh Post is also available in Khmer language. It previously published a weekend magazine, 7Days, in its Friday edition. Since July 2014, it has published a weekly edition on Saturdays called Post Weekend. Post Weekend was folded into the paper as a Friday supplement in 2017 and was discontinued in 2018.
|Founder(s)||Michael Hayes and Kathleen O'Keefe|
|Publisher||Bill Clough (2004–18)|
|Headquarters||Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
It has a staff of Cambodian and foreign journalists covering national news. The newspaper includes specific business, lifestyle and sports sections, and also prints a "Police Blotter", which has items related to crime translated from local Khmer-language dailies.
Since its founding in Phnom Penh in July 1992, the printed edition was formerly published on a fortnightly basis, and read in Cambodia and worldwide by over 20,000 people in more than 40 countries. In early 2008, the newspaper received investment from some Australians and became a daily publication on August 8, 2008.
The Post's news and analysis provide regular and thorough coverage of current issues in a rapidly changing Cambodia. Significant events covered range from the implementation of the UN-sponsored 1991 Paris Peace Accords and subsequent elections, to the promulgation of a new constitution enabling the establishment of a constitutional monarchy.
In May 2018 the newspaper was purchased by Malaysian businessman Sivakumar Ganapthy, who also owns a public relations firm known to have worked on behalf of the Cambodian government, prompting several senior writers to leave its newsroom. Describing the sale of the paper, one official for Amnesty International said, "We have witnessed the crumbling of Cambodia's media freedom." In response to criticism of the sale, Huy Vannak, acting as undersecretary of the Cambodian Interior Ministry, said, "It is a normal business, and it remains a newspaper."
The Phnom Penh Post has received over 30 regional and international press awards between 2008 and 2018.
Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA)
- Honorable mention in News Photography to Sovan Philong.
- Excellence in Lifestyle Coverage for former Post Weekend editor Poppy McPherson's "Reign of the quiet King"
- Excellence in Breaking News for The Post's coverage of the HIV outbreak in Cambodia's Roka village. The Post also received an honorable mention for their coverage of the Veng Sreng Boulevard garment protest at which 5 people were killed.
- Honorable mention for Excellence in Investigative Reporting to May Titthara and Daniel Pye for their detailing of Cambodian logging tycoon Try Pheap's business interests.
- Excellence in Reporting Women's Issues for a series of articles on Cambodia's surrogacy industry to reporters Cristina Maza, Bun Sengkong, Will Jackson, Vandy Muong and Kong Meta and photographers Eliah Lillis, Charlotte Pert and Athena Zelandonii.
- Honorable mention for breaking news reporting on the assassination of political analyst Kem Ley to reporters Thik Kaliyann, Lay Samean, Mech Dara, Niem Chheng and Shaun Turton; and photographers Athena Zelandonii, Hong Menea and Heng Chivoan.
- Excellence in Reporting Arts and Culture for "A 'crime' against local history: Cambodia's lost manuscripts" by Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon and Kong Meta, which revealed the destruction of ancient texts to neglect by authorities, the clergy and a black market trade catering to tourists.
- Excellence in Reporting Human Rights for Kong Meta and Andrew Nachemson's report on a previously undocumented village affected by the United States use of chemical weapons during the Vietnam War.
- Honorable mention for breaking news reporting to Ben Sokhean, Mech Dara and Ananth Baliga’s same-day coverage of the Supreme Court decision to dissolve the Cambodia National Rescue Party.
- "ភ្នំពេញ ប៉ុស្ដិ៍". www.postkhmer.com.
- "Lifestyle". Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
- "Post Weekend". Phnom Penh Post.
- "Phnom Penh Post: Firing and resignations after sale of Cambodian daily". BBC.com. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
- Charles Riley (7 May 2018). "'Press freedom toppled': Phnom Penh Post sale rings alarm bells". CNN.com. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
- Liam Cochrane (7 May 2018). "Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia's last independent newspaper, sold to Malaysian 'covert' spin doctor". ABC. Retrieved 7 May 2018.