Radio station owner charged over alleged fake news

The owner of the Rithysen radio station and website was on Thursday provisionally charged with “incitement to commit felonies” after being accused of broadcasting false news about a land dispute.

Sok Oudom was charged by the prosecutor under Article 495 of the Criminal Code for a piece published Tuesday that allegedly incited people to encroach upon state-owned land, said deputy court prosecutor Long Sitha.

However, Sitha said he could not comment on the specific details of the alleged crime, which carries a jail term of between six months and two years for those found guilty, as well as a fine of one-to-four million riel (about $250 to $1,000).

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