Ge­orge Edgar visits The Post

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Post Staff

EURO­PEAN Union (EU) Am­bas­sador Ge­orge Edgar made an of­fi­cial visit to The Phnom Penh Post on Wed­nes­day. Dur­ing his visit, Edgar had an hour-long chat with Post Me­dia CEO Ly Tay­seng and The Post’s ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor-inchief, Joshua Pu­rushot­man, on a range of top­ics in­clud­ing the news­pa­per’s ed­i­to­rial di­rec­tion, the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Cam­bo­dia, de­for­esta­tion, and the EU’s vi­sion for Cam­bo­dia, among oth­ers.

Tay­seng ex­plained the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the takeover of The Post and the in­ac­cu­ra­cies re­ported therein. He also as­sured the am­bas­sador that the news­pa­per’s legacy as an in­de­pen­dent jour­nal will con­tinue.

“The most valu­able as­set in the pur­chase of The Post is its legacy and rep­u­ta­tion for in­de­pen­dent re­port­ing. If we do not con­tinue in this line, then all the money spent on its pur­chase and on­go­ing re­vamp will be wasted.

“In fact, we [the man­age­ment] are very clear in this. The news­pa­per is nei­ther pro- nor anti-gov­ern­ment, but is de­ter- mined to present news that is in­de­pen­dent, neu­tral and bal­anced,” Tay­seng stressed.

Adding to this, Pu­rushot­man pointed out that the ed­i­to­rial in­de­pen­dence of The Post had not suf­fered in any way since the of­fi­cial takeover from the pre­vi­ous own­ers on May 7.

He was re­fer­ring to early re­ports from var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional me­dia which claimed The Post’s sale to Malaysian busi­ness­man Si­vaku­mar S Gana­p­a­thy spelt the death knell for in­de­pen­dent jour­nal­ism in Cam­bo­dia.

Pu­rushot­man stressed that no re­porter in the English or Kh­mer ver­sion of the news­pa­per has ever been told to prac­tise any form of cen­sor­ship.

“The Post has not changed. In fact, it has only be­come bet­ter. Our re­port­ing is more bal­anced and neu­tral, giv­ing both sides of the story. We give as much cov­er­age to the op­po­si­tion and their politicians such as Sam Rainsy as we do politicians from the Cam­bo­dian Peo­ple’s Party,” he said.

On his part, Edgar as­sured The Post that his office can al­ways be con­tacted for com­ments re­lat­ing to the EU visà-vis Cam­bo­dia and other rel­e­vant ar­eas.

HENG CHIVOAN

Post Me­dia CEO Ly Tay­seng shakes hands with EU Am­bas­sador Ge­orge Edgar at the of­fices of ThePh­nomPen­hPost on Wed­nes­day, as Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Joshua Pu­rushot­man looks on.

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