Online Journalist Charged with Incitement for Reporting Hun Sen’s Comments

A Phnom Penh court charged online journalist Sovann Rithy, of the TV FB news outlet, on Thursday with incitement to commit a felony for the rudimentary act of reporting Prime Minister Hun Sen’s comments during a press conference on Tuesday.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has charged Sovann Rithy, founder and reporter at online publication TV FB, under Articles 494 and 495 of the Criminal Code for “incitement to commit a felony,” which includes a prison sentence of six months to two years.

Phnom Penh court spokesperson Kuch Kimlong confirmed the charges against Sovann Rithy, whereas a court document revealed that the journalist had been sent to pre-trial detention at Police Judiciare (PJ) prison.

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