Police monitor Facebook posts to look for ill-intent elements

Cambodian police are monitoring Facebook to look for elements attempting to create a “rebel movement against the government” through negative posts, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Tuesday (July 25).

The 15-page report, launched by National Police Chief Neth Savoeun at the police headquarters in Phnom Penh, says officials have notice an increase in the spread of ill-intent information to discredit the government or to create social chaos.

The report says that the police have “noticed the tricks caused by the enemy, which still continues to attempt to cause social chaos and attacks….to create a rebel movement against the government, most prominently through the use of Facebook.”

The report however says that such a movement has so far been stopped from taking hold.

Speaking at the meeting on July 24, National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith said that the police were not in principle against the use of social media websites like Facebook, but were growing worried that some were using the site for ill-intent purposes.

A number of people have already faced jail for Facebook posts.  A woman was arrested this month for alleging on her profile that Prime Minister Hun Sen was behind the murder of political analyst Kem Ley.  

Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy was also sentenced to 20-month jailterm in absentia for making the same claim on his page.