The Cambodian authorities announced that they have arrested 17 people since January over social media posts about the Coronavirus that the government has branded -fake news, Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed on Tuesday.
One of those arrested earlier this month was a 14-year-old girl, who claimed in a Facebook post that three students at her school had contracted the respiratory disease, and three people had died from the virus,’’ HRW said.
Authorities released her after she made a public apology.
However, twelve people have been released as well from detention after signing pledges not to spread fake news in the future and to apologize.
According to the Health Ministry, Cambodia has reported 87 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
Reports say this includes 52 foreign nationals and 35 Cambodians, while two patients have recovered and left the hospital quarantine. No deaths have been recorded.