Two Khmer Papers Told to Halt Publishing

The Ministry of Information on Tuesday ordered two Khmer-language newspapers owned by the same publisher to halt publication for failing to follow ministry rules. In a notice signed by Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith, Phnom Penh-based The Water and Fire News and The World newspapers were instructed to cease publication effective yesterday. Yem Noy, director of the ministry’s media center department, said the licenses were revoked because the director refused to publish their address in either paper, despite being asked to repeatedly.