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30 Sep 2021


Cambodia: Koh Kong Court convict a journalist with incitement and sentence him to 1 year in prison for posting articles on land disputes

"Journalist Youn Chhiv Convicted of Incitement in Koh Kong Province", 30 September 2021

... the Koh Kong Provincial Court convicted Youn Chhiv, the publisher of Koh Kong Hot News, of incitement under Articles 494 and 495 of the Criminal Code. Less than 72 hours after he was detained, he was sentenced to one year in prison.

The conviction followed an instruction by Minister of National Defense, General Tea Banh, to investigate Youn Chhiv over allegedly false information he posted about the Koh Kong deputy governor’s involvement in a land dispute in the province.

Youn Chhiv was summoned by the Botum Sakor district police and presented himself for questioning ... He was made to write a letter of apology to the deputy governor and agreed to remove an article posted on his media outlet’s Facebook page before the case was sent to the court yesterday. The case went to trial today, without a judicial investigation being opened, on the grounds that he was allegedly caught in the act of committing the crime (in flagrante delicto)...

Youn Chhiv has faced repeated harassment over the last decade, including death threats, threats of violence and judicial harassment for his work.