The editor-in-chief of the "The Khmer Machas Srok" newspaper, who had been fined and sentenced to a year's imprisonment in absentia on 26 June, was arrested on the same day by the police and sent to the Prey Sar prison, near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, media reports said.
The Special Weekly, a chinese language news magazine is under investigation for criminal defamation and section 8(A) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) for "false news", since a police report was lodged against it by the Minister of Transport and President of the MCA, a component party in the ruling coalition BN, Ong [...]
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The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), the National Human Rights Society (HAKAM), and Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) are gravely concerned at the continued invoking of laws aimed at criminalizing expression such as those creating the offences of sedition and criminal defamation as illustrated by the arrest of blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin for these [...]
On September 22, Koh Kong police officer Chen Sovann filed a criminal defamation suit against local paper Cambodia Today, demanding 10 million riel (US$2,500), two days after the paper published an article by journalist Eng Meng Leng alleging that Sovann helped a suspected human trafficker flee the country.
SEAPA has denounced a government decision to pursue criminal libel lawsuits against Thailand's leading English-language newspaper, the "Bangkok Post", despite the paper's having earlier recanted a news article that was the basis for the government's complaint.