Dozens Arrested Over Covid-19 ‘Fake News’ This Year, Police Say

More than 40 people have been arrested this year in relation to alleged chaos-causing incitement and spreading coronavirus-related “fake news,” a police spokesman said.

The growing number of arrests come as human rights groups and the U.N. rights commissioner have called on Cambodia to uphold civil and political rights, including press freedom and freedom of expression, regardless of government responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since the outbreak began, 20 people have been held and sent to court for posting allegedly false information about the virus, while 22 others were “educated” and released, National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun told VOD on Wednesday.

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