Journalist arrested for repeating Hun Sen’s advice to motorbike taxi drivers

The director of online news outlet TVFB, Sovann Rithy, was arrested Tuesday night for reporting on advice from Prime Minister Hun Sen to motorbike taxi drivers to sell their vehicles if the coronavirus crisis leaves them broke.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police chief Sar Theth said Rithy was arrested in Sen Sok district for a Facebook post that quoted Hun Sen as saying during his Tuesday press conference that: “If motorbike-taxi drivers go bankrupt, sell your motorbikes for spending money. The government does not have the ability to help.”

“We arrested him as he was involved with incitement to cause chaos and harm social security,” Theth said, explaining that Rithy was arrested under article 495 of the criminal code and sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday.

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