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Information Ministry asks police to take measures against fake news spreaders

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Information Minister Kieu Kanarith speaks with the media . KT/Chor Sokunthea

Information Ministry yesterday asked national police to take measures against several Facebook accounts which have allegedly accused the Kingdom of contracting COVID-19.

The ministry issued a statement on Sunday saying that some Facebook accounts/pages have posted false information saying that a foreigner was infected with COVID-19 and died.

The ministry identified those Facebook accounts/pages as Sdam Husen, Sovannara Som, Konneak Ahingsa, Samleng Changbanphlasphdou, Soem Sophea, Ah Song Ha, and Rithyvong Long.

Ministry spokesman Meas Sophorn today dismissed the posts.

“Those Facebook accounts have posted false information related to COVID-19,” he said, adding that people should not fall prey to such false information.

“It is ill-intentioned to frighten the public not to believe in our health system, so they will face the law,” Mr Sophorn said. “No foreigner has died of Covid-19.”

Lieutenant General Chea Pov, Interior Ministry’s Anti-Cybercrime Department, said today his officers are investigating the case, noting that those Facebook accounts are outside of Cambodia.

“We are working with relevant ministries to tackle these issues because Facebook accounts who have posted this information are not inside Cambodia,” Lt Gen Pov said.

“We are working with Interpol to find those people,” he said.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said today that no Covid-19 case occurred in the Kingdom.

“I would like to reaffirm that until today no Cambodian citizen has contracted coronavirus,” she said. “The posted information is exaggerated and false.”

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