Cambodian journalist Sovann Rithy detained for quoting prime minister on COVID-19

Cambodian authorities should immediately release journalist Sovann Rithy, drop all charges against him, and let his news outlet publish freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Police in the Sen Sok district of Phnom Penh, the capital, arrested Rithy, director of the TVFB news website, in the evening of April 7, according to news reports.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police chief Sar Theth said Rithy was detained under Article 495 of the criminal code, a provision that penalizes “incitement to cause chaos and harm social security,” the Cambodia Daily reported.

In full: https://cpj.org/2020/04/cambodian-journalist-sovann-rithy-detained-for-quo.php

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