Cambodian Journalist Charged With Incitement For Reporting Sensitive PM Hun Sen ‘Joke’

A Cambodian journalist charged with “incitement” after accurately reporting comments by Prime Minister Hun Sen was arrested because the nation’s leader had been “joking” when he said them, a police official said Thursday.

Cambodian journalist and director of the TVFB news site Sovann Rithy was taken into custody by police in the capital Phnom Penh on Tuesday evening and charged with “incitement to cause chaos and harm social security” under article 495 of the criminal code.

The reporter had accurately posted on Facebook a comment by Hun Sen earlier that day telling motorbike-taxi drivers who go bankrupt because of the coronavirus outbreak to “sell your motorbikes for spending money … [because] the government does not have the ability to help.”

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