Cambodia Made a 14-Year-Old Apologize to Her Class for Texting About Coronavirus

Besides public intimidation, the authoritarian regime has also arrested at least 39 people for spreading “fake news” about the coronavirus.

On March 11, 14-year-old May sent a voice note to a group chat with her classmates in Kampot Province.

“I want to ask all the people of Kampot to please wear your masks properly. Three people have died here already. So everyone needs to protect themselves.”

One of her friends shared the voice note publicly, and it made the rounds on Cambodian social media. The next day, officers turned up at May’s school and took her to the local police station.

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