Teenager With Autism Sentenced to Prison Over Social Media Posts

A 16-year-old with autism has been jailed for criticizing the government in a Telegram group, in a case highlighting the rapid deterioration of free speech in Cambodia.

An argument erupting over politics and memes mocking political leaders in a group chat is generally a low-stakes affair between friends. That is, unless it occurs in Cambodia.

The dangers of venting one’s political frustrations online in an authoritarian context were highlighted this week, as a 16-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder was sentenced to juvenile prison on Monday over content he shared on social media and messaging apps.

The case, say rights advocates, violates local and international laws, and illustrates a “witch hunt” by the Cambodian government against political opponents.

In full: https://www.vice.com/en/article/y3vzbg/teenager-with-autism-sentenced-to-prison-over-social-media-posts

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