News fixer deported from Thailand to Cambodia on ‘false news’ accusation

A Cambodian news fixer who helped to produce a documentary on sex trafficking for Russian government-funded international news network Russia Today, or RT, was deported yesterday from Thailand to Cambodia on accusations of abetting the production of false news, according to news reports.

Rath Rott Many, a news fixer and labor activist, was detained by Thai police in Bangkok, the capital, on December 7 while attempting to seek asylum at a visa office for the Netherlands, news reports said. He was held in a Thai immigration detention center until his deportation yesterday, the reports said.

Cambodian authorities requested his extradition on the grounds he helped RT film a documentary entitled “My Mother Sold Me,” which was first aired in October and told the stories of impoverished Cambodian families selling their daughters into prostitution, reports said.

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