Journalist Who Quoted Hun Sen Receives Suspended Sentence, Freed

The jailed editor-in-chief of popular online news outlet TVFB was freed on Monday after being handed a suspended 18-month sentence.

Sovann Rithy, 31, stood for a brief trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday on incitement charges after being arrested in April for quoting Prime Minister Hun Sen on his personal Facebook page.

After a short break following the hearing, presiding judge Li Sokha sentenced Rithy to 18 months in prison for incitement to disturb social security, but backdated the sentence to his arrest and pretrial detention in April and announced the rest of his sentence suspended.

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