Cambodian journalist Ros Sokhet detained, charged with incitement

Cambodian authorities should immediately release journalist Ros Sokhet and drop all pending charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

On June 25, police in Kampong Chhnang province’s Toek Phos district arrested Sokhet, publisher of the privately owned Cheat Khmer (Khmer Nation) newspaper, and then transferred him to the Phnom Penh Municipal Police’s Cybercrime Bureau for allegedly committing “incitement to provoke serious chaos in social security,” according to local news website CamboJA News.

On June 28, he was charged with incitement to commit a felony under Articles 494 and 495 of the criminal code, provisions that allow for maximum two-year jail terms for convictions, the Khmer Times reported.

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