Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Government warns against spreading fake Covid-19 news



Government warns against spreading fake Covid-19 news

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Interior Minister Sar Kheng warns of legal measures on fake news creators. FACEBOOK

Government warns against spreading fake Covid-19 news

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng warned that those who spread misinformation about Covid-19 to disrupt society would be held accountable before the law.

“The whole world is standing in solidarity to prevent Covid-19 from spreading, and Cambodia is doing the same. I still continue to ask that we put individual interests aside, and put the people’s interests first, regardless of ethnicity. We are united for the common good.

“There are two separate problems. The first is related to misinformation, which is sometimes against the government but within the framework of democracy.

“They accuse the government of not caring or criticise this or that. If the information is correct, we have to accept it. But if it is false and is spread just to sensationalise certain matters, then that is wrong.

“I ask that these people please kindly refrain from doing such things in the interest of remaining united to protect lives, society and our people.

“Now, we have a problem with Covid-19. So according to our laws, it can be said that those who still use false rhetoric to stir chaos about the diease could be held accountable,” he said.

As Covid-19 infections rise in Cambodia, Sar Kheng also appealed to all Cambodians, saying they shouldn’t discriminate against people of different ethnicity.

“Samdech Techo said that there is no need to divide between Cambodian Muslims, this Khmer, that Khmer. Our Cambodian brothers and sisters have already disseminated this point. The Ministry of Interior also issued this instruction to provinces.

“We don’t need to discriminate against Cambodian Muslims. No matter which nationals come to Cambodia during this problematic time, we mustn’t discriminate against them either,” he said.

On March 18, the Ministry of Information accused 47 Facebook users and pages of spreading misinformation regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak. The users shared fake news to smear the government and cause fear, according to the ministry.

The users received a warning from the ministry, informing them that they will be punished if they don’t change course immediately.

“Despite efforts by the Ministry of Information, other relevant ministries and institutions, the public, and journalists, some Facebook users have created fake news to cheat, fabricate, mislead and change the Covid-19 situation to smear the government and create fear,” the Ministry of Information said in a statement.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Time to Rise by rapper, chapei legend is viral hit with ancient-modern mix

    Kong Nay is known internationally as the master of the chapei dang veng, a traditional Cambodian instrument resembling a long-necked lute or guitar with two nylon strings that he was already playing professionally by the age of 15. Nay is sometimes referred to as the Cambodian

  • Cambodia set for large-scale vaccination campaign as Covid spreads

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed all provincial authorities to get ready for a large-scale vaccination campaign, with at least one million doses to be administered per month. “We will roll out at least one million doses. The vaccines we have purchased and received as