Newspaper publisher arrested over Facebook posts

The publisher of the Khmer Nation newspaper was arrested on June 25 for criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen in a post he made on social media, which officials have said are incitement to cause chaos.

According to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court warrant issued on June 24, Ros Sokhet, 41, was ordered to be arrested and questioned at the Phnom Penh Municipal Police’s Cybercrime Bureau for “incitement to provoke serious chaos in social security”. As of Friday afternoon, his questioning was still underway, court officials said.

In two Facebook post on his personal account on June 24, Sokhet had been critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen. In one post, he alleged that Hun Sen is not offering solutions for people who are struggling to pay off debt to banks. In another post, he was critical of the prime minister’s remarks earlier this week saying that he would hand over the CPP to his eldest son, Hun Manet.

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