The Phnom Penh Post is an English language newspaper printed daily in Cambodia. It is the oldest English language newspaper in Cambodia and was founded by Michael Hayes, a publisher, in 1992. The paper is also published in the Khmer language.
The newspaper does not only report the daily news, but also features specific sections focusing on sports, business and lifestyle.
The newspaper was founded in 1992 and is written by Cambodian as well as foreign journalists. At the start in 1992 the paper was published fortnightly and read by more than 20,000 people spread out over more than 40 different countries. In 2008 the Phnom Penh Post became a daily publication on August 8th. The newspaper can also be read online at a constantly updated website. The phnom Penh Post has a lively online community with many readers on social media sites such as Facebook. Readers are encouraged to comment on stories and daily events, with the newspaper reserving the right to publish any readers' comments placed on the forums. The Phnom Penh Post is of interest to those wanting to visit Cambodia to get an impression of events and current news in the region.
The newspaper was changed to a daily publication with the help of Australian investors. Ross Dunkley, the then chief executive officer of Myanmar Consolidated Media (publishing the Myanmar Times) and Bill Clough (an entrepreneur in mining, oil and gas in Australia) took a controlling stake in the newspaper. This investment boosted the funds and made it possible for the paper to become the biggest daily published paper in the English language in Cambodia. The group of readers grew significantly after this investment and after making the newspaper available on a daily basis. The focus on new outside of Cambodia increased after the investment, which prompted local readers to comment on this fact. Currently the main focus is local news with smaller segments dedicated to the news from abroad.
Key figure at this time in the writing of the Phnom Penh Post was Australian journalist Peter Olszewski as bureau chief in Siem Reap. He worked to help out with the launch of the daily edition of the Phnom Penh Post. Previously he was the editor of MediaBlab news service and had worked as a journalism trainer. Olszewski is also known as the author of a book about Myanmar titled ' Land of a Thousand Eyes'.
The Phnom Penh Post is currently read by a wide audience of Cambodians and foreigners throughout Cambodia as well as by subscribers in 35 different countries. The paper prides itself on being the main paper to record Cambodian current news and providing its readers with clear information and current news analysis. The group of Post readers are seen by the paper as the most educated members of society, demanding quality information. The Post aims to not just provide its readers with information, but focus on analyzing the facts and translating them into an explanation of how these facts will affect people's lives.
The 7Days supplement sums up the main events and local facts of interest and is a popular addition to the daily published edition.