RFA stringer in Cambodia acquitted of disinformation charges (updated).

Posted: 22 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"A Cambodian court Friday acquitted a journalist for U.S.-based Radio Free Asia on charges that he spread false information when reporting an alleged corruption case. Takeo provincial court judge Cheng Bunly dropped the charges against radio reporter Sok Serey for a 2008 broadcast about a dispute between a group of villagers and a leader of the ethnic Cham community, who are mostly Muslims. ... Sok Serey was not arrested and was allowed to continue reporting." AP, 19 February 2010.
     "Today, Radio Free Asia President Libby Liu praised the acquittal of four men, including RFA broadcaster Sok Serey, on charges of disinformation stemming from a report about a Cham Muslim community leader in Takeo province. 'We at Radio Free Asia are pleased that our reporter has been acquitted of the baseless charges against him,' Liu said. 'We hope this ruling will reverse the growing pattern of using Cambodia‚Äôs legal system to suppress free speech and freedom of the press.'" RFA website, 19 February 2010.
     Update: "Local and international organisations have welcomed the acquittal of a Radio Free Asia reporter and four rights activists by Takeo provincial court on Friday, saying the ruling could set an important precedent for future defamation and disinformation cases." Sebastian Strangio and Chhay Channyda, The Phnom Penh Post, 22 February 2010. See previous post about same subject.