Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Court rules that journo has to pay

Court rules that journo has to pay

A journalist and British national was hit with steep financial penalties in court yesterday for remarks made on his blog last year.

Rupert Winchester was convicted on defamation charges and ordered by Phnom Penh Municipal Court to pay 8 million riel ($2,000) in fines and 100 million riel ($25,000) in compensation to a French businessman.

Etienne Chevenier sued Winchester, then a reporter at the Post, for remarks about him posted on the writer’s personal blog in June 2013.

“I’m very disappointed, but I’m going to appeal,” Winchester said yesterday. Chevenier could not be reached.

The verdict raised questions about how the courts treat online freedom of expression.

“Cyberspace in Cambodia is currently fairly free . . . but convictions over statements made online are something to be concerned about in terms of legal precedent,” said Sorn Ramana, a project coordinator at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

A gibbon at Phnom Thot

Fighting deforestation with eco-tourism

Eco-tourism plans a last resort to save a 6400-hectare patch of forest from illegal logging and wildlife poaching.

A health clinic in Sangke District

Mass Battambang HIV infection

The unlicensed 'doctor' at the centre of allegations over the mass HIV outbreak in Battambang's Sangke district has been charged murder and intentionally transmitting the virus.

Khmer films shine at CIFF

The fifth edition of the Cambodian International Film Festival has proved to be its strongest for both Cambodian produced films and local audiences.