As Covid-19 Cases Rise, 17 Arrested Over ‘Fake News’ Internet Posts

At least 17 people have been arrested since January over their unverified claims about Covid-19, criticisms of the government’s outbreak response and other online posts deemed “fake news” by authorities, a human rights organization said on Tuesday.

Four of the five people who have been charged and jailed are members or supporters of the outlawed opposition CNRP, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement. A sixth person was released on bail with charges pending.

They have been accused of crimes including conspiracy, incitement to commit a felony and spreading false information, which carry prison sentences of between six months and 10 years.

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