Journalist Taken to Court Over Report on Illegal Timber Factory

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Lim Phally, 43, a reporter for Los Seng News, was charged and sent to court after a livestream report from January 16 in which he alleged a Battambang timber factory had illegally processing luxury wood. “We saw him actively transporting timber in and out of Battambang every day. When our reporters went to cover it, he complained against us, accusing us of defamation and disseminating [false] information — even though I have documents, videos, and photos of him carrying wood.” Phally said. Battambang provincial forestry department director Chhim Vachira said the factory was licensed and all the wood transported to the factory had a valid permit. “Without being legal, they would not be able to run. So, in my opinion, if it was not legal, it would not be possible to be open in the center of the city.” Vachira said

Information
Number of attacked persons or entities related to media
1
Do they work as freelance or media?
Yes
Position in media
Status of journalists
Gender
Male
Age
Country
Battambang
Full name or name of group
Unidentified
Gender
Attack mention about gender background/sexual wording?
No
Date of incident
Year of incident
2022
Type of incident
Criminal lawsuit/charge: Defamation