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In Brief: Club ask king to help hang chakra

In Brief: Club ask king to help hang chakra

A group of Cambodian journalists has written to King Norodom Sihamoni, asking him to intervene in the case of jailed newspaper publisher Hang Chakra. Hang Chakra, who publishes the Khmer Machas Srok newspaper, was convicted in June of defamation and publishing false information in connection with a series of articles accusing officials working under Deputy Prime Minister Sok An of corruption. He was sentenced to one year in prison and fined 9 million riels (US$2,187). Tuoch Nora, one of the letter's authors, said: "We don't understand why a journalist was jailed."

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