Expression

In Cambodia, journalists often face intimidation, attacks and harassment from the government, in particular journalists that cover opposition protests and land issues. Defamation legislation includes written criticism of public officials or institutions, and journalists face jail time for failure to pay large fines that result from conviction. In 2014, a British journalist was convicted of defamation and ordered to pay the equivalent of U.S. $2,000 in fines and U.S. $25,000 in compensation. Moreover, Internet users have being detained and criminally charged for comments made online. For example, an opposition senator was arrested on forgery and incitement charges for posting a video concerning Cambodia and Vietnam’s shared border.