Court hands prison sentences to eight journalists in timber extortion case

Eight journalists were convicted Thursday of extortion and sentenced to imprisonment after taking photos in a private area of a timber warehouse in June in Preah Vihear. Photo credited by The Association of Freedom for Cambodian Journalists

The Preah Vihear provincial court on Thursday sentenced eight small-time journalists to prison after convicting them of extorting the owners of a timber warehouse in June.

Ministry of Information empowers local authorities to take legal action against journalists

A woman broadcasts a Facebook live video of a protest outside the UN office in Cambodia carried out by family members of former opposition activists. Picture taken on June 4, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Ministry of Information has given local authorities the green light to take legal action against journalists that they deem are unprofessional or spreading false information that obstructs law enforcement.