Cambodian court rejects appeal of convicted reporter

[JURIST] The Cambodian Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the appeal of a reporter found guilty of defaming Cambodia's foreign minister by suggesting he was involved in prisoners' deaths during the brutal Khmer Rouge [Wikipedia backgrounder] reign. Kay Kimsong and two American reporters working for the Cambodian Daily [media website] were sued over two 2001 articles that accused Foreign Minister Hor Namhong of being actively involved in the oversight of a Phnom Penh prison camp, where, the articles alleged, prisoners were tortured and executed. The Supreme Court upheld the $7,500 fine given Kimsong, rejecting his arguments that he had not received a fair trial and was treated differently from his American colleagues. AP has more.

 

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