Cambodia jails news site owner for 1 year over false posts

A Cambodian court on Thursday sentenced the owner of a news website to a year in prison for incitement to cause a felony, a prosecutor said, for posting disinformation about a land dispute at a national park.

Youn Chhiv, who ran the Koh Kong Hot News website, had “posted comments to cause confusion” on Facebook, said Vey Phearom, deputy prosecutor at the provincial court in Koh Kong.

The journalist, he said, had admitted to falsely claiming that a Sept. 3 eviction by police of villagers from national park land was unlawful and the land had been awarded to them by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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