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Cambodia orders publication of 'Burma Daily' to end.

PHNOM PENH, May 20 Kyodo

The Cambodian government ordered a local newspaper Tuesday to stop publication and distribution of an insert called the ''Burma Daily'' or the newspaper itself would be closed for 30 days.

In a letter to the publisher of the Cambodia Daily, which has inserted the Burma Daily inside its paper since last Friday, the Information Ministry said the insert must be abandoned or the Cambodia Daily would also have to suspend publication.

The ministry said insert was not an authorized publication in Cambodia.

The ministry also acknowledged police had confiscated copies of the insert from newsstands in Phnom Penh.

Bernard Krisher, publisher of the Cambodia Daily, said the Burma Daily was a supplement, an advertisement that was not intended to have a long run in the 24-page Cambodia Daily.

He said the supplement was supported by the New York-based Adam Lincoln Steele Foundation, but it will not be in Cambodia Daily from Wednesday.

Krisher added, however, the Burma Daily will be available on the Internet and by e-mail on request.

Initially, the Internet version will be free, but after a promotional period it will be available only by paid subscription.

He said various embassies in Cambodia and abroad are expected to subscribe to the Burma Daily online, including the Myanmar and Japanese embassies in Phnom Penh.

Krisher said the purpose of an independent insert of the Burma Daily inside the Cambodia Daily was to provide the people of Burma (Myanmar) with impartial news about their country and the world.
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Date:May 26, 2008
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