The final issue of The Cambodia Daily is sold at a newsstand, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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One of Cambodia's most stridently independent newspapers, the Cambodia Daily, published its last edition Monday with the headline "Descent Into Outright Dictatorship" as it closed amid a crackdown on critics of Prime Minister Hun Sen.The paper also reported on its own closure.Hun Sen defended the deadline given to the paper, saying it had to pay tax like any other business.Cambodia's tax department said the paper's general manager, American Douglas Steele, would not be allowed to leave the country until the tax was paid.The Cambodia Daily was founded by American journalist Bernard Krisher in 1993 and Hun Sen this year berated some of its journalists as "servants of foreigners". The paper said that the paper's assets would revert to Krisher, who is now 86 and living in Japan.
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