NameKoh Santepheap Daily

The daily newspaper Koh Santepheap was founded in 1967 by Chou Thany (ជូ ថានី), a former teacher. At the time, Thong Uypang (ថុង អ៊ុយប៉ាង), one of his student, was appointed editor-in-chief. But the newspaper was suspended during the Khmer Rouge regime, when only state media were running. After almost 20 years of suspension, it was re-authorized in 1993 by the Ministry of Information, which granted the license to Thong Uypang. (1) 

It first published 3 issues per week and became daily again after 6 months of operation. From 1993 to 2005, Thong Uypang was in charge of the newsroom and his wife, Yin Phanny (យីន ផាន្នី), of the management. Today, Uypang remains an influent person for the newsroom although he appointed Pol Saroeun (ប៉ុល សារឿន), a former primary school teacher who joined the newspaper in 1995, to replace him in 2005.

The management of the newspaper was handed over to Uypang and Phanny's daughter, Thong Sovanrangsi (ថុង សុវណ្ណរង្សុី) who is now serving as the publisher. Her husband, Chea Garuda (ជា ហ្គារូដា), is now the general manager. A Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) affiliated paper which has many reporters also working at the Interior Ministry, Koh Santepheap has become the most widely read paper in the country due to its scoops on crime stories – unsurprising as police work comes under the umbrella of the Interior Ministry.

The paper typically has a lot of ‘gore’ on its front page, with photos depicting crime and accident scenes in graphic detail.​ However, Uypang claims that his newspaper is independent and neutral with no political tendency. In 2013, Yin Piseth, the current deputy editor-in-chief of the newspaper, claimed that Koh Santepheap was not getting any support from the government of from NGOs. The main income of the newspapers comes from advertising and sale of the newspaper. According to CRMD, Koh Santepheap is the most popular daily newspaper in Cambodia.

Audience Share20%
Ownership TypePrivate
Geographic CoverageNational
Content TypePaid
  • (1) Reang, P. & Moeun, C. N. (2006). Investigative reporting: A handbook for Cambodian journalists.
  • (2) KAS (2009). The Asia Media Directory.
  • Phone Interview with Thong Uypang, owner and founder of Koh Santepheap.
  • Koh Santepheap
The Asia Media Directory
CompanyKoh Santepheap Co., Ltd