Journalists Rip Judge’s Order For Defamation Suit Payment

The Club of Cambodian Jour­nalists has issued a statement criticizing the Phnom Penh Mun­icipal court for ordering a newspaper to pay $17,500 in a defamation suit.

The court Thursday found The Voice of Khmer Youth, a pro-Sam Rainsy Party newspaper, guilty of printing false information and de­faming the Mong Reththy group and RCAF Division 44 in a story im­plicating them in illegal logging.

“CCJ thought the trial was not fair at all,” the club release stated. “Ordering the accused to pay 71 million riel (about $17,750) is a pressure to threaten the spirits of the press and the broadcasting media in Cambodia which are ac­tively participating in the process of democracy.”

The court ordered Editor in Chief Keo Sothea, to pay 30 million riel (about $7,500) to Mong Reththy and 20 million riel (about $5,000) each to Military Region 3 Commander Keo Samuon and his deputy, Keo Pong.


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