Two People Detained for Allegedly Spreading Fake News about COVID-19, One Facing Charges

A woman in Siem Reap and a man in Phnom Penh were arrested on Monday for allegedly spreading fake news on Facebook about the coronavirus outbreak, with the latter being let off with a warning, but the man being sent to court to face charges.

Thai Chhor Yoeun, a Siem Reap resident, allegedly shared a Facebook post from a third party alleging that a family in the province had the coronavirus and that their children were studying in the local school, according to a report on the National Police website.

Even though she only shared the Facebook post, she was detained by Bakong district police, but later released after agreeing not to share any other fake news about the viral outbreak.

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