Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is dismayed by a decision of the Phnom Penh Court in
to overlook the country’s civil Press Law in dealing with a complaint against freelance
journalist Ros Sohket.
to the Cambodian Association for the Protection of Journalists (CAPJ), an IFJ
affiliate, the court applied an outdated law from the interim United Nations Transitional
Authority of Cambodia (UNTAC) to sentence Sokhet to two years’ jail for disinformation
on November 6.
instituted by a United Nations peacekeeping mission to Cambodia in 1992-93 to support the
country’s democratic transition.
In 1995, Cambodia’s National Assembly formally adopted Cambodia’s
Press Law, which allows for media complaints to be dealt with as a civil matter.
are appropriate civil laws in place to resolve media-related complaints, and Cambodia’s
Press Law should be applied to assist in their resolution,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
The IFJ stands
in solidarity with CAPJ in calling on Cambodia’s Government to take
action to ensure media complaints are dealt with only under civil law.
original version of this statement referred to a charge of “defamation” against
Ros Sohket. This is incorrect. He was charged with “disinformation”.
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