Facebook rants spell danger in Cambodia

Strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen has weaponized social media to target critics through vague incitement laws.

What should have been the biggest day of San Rotha’s life quickly descended into the worst.

He was taking a shower in preparation for his wedding in the Cambodian border town of Poipet in February last year when military police entered his home and arrested him. His crime: calling the government “authoritarian” in a Facebook video he had posted around four months before.

Rotha was jailed for incitement to discrimination and spent the next year locked up in crowded cell in Kampong Cham prison. After his release last month, Rotha spoke of the trauma his incarceration had inflicted on himself and his family.

In full: https://international.la-croix.com/news/facebook-rants-spell-danger-in-cambodia/9617

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