Cambodia: Rapper arrested and charged with ‘incitement’ over his song

23 September 2020
Image: Rapper Kea Sokun / Kea Sokun on Facebook


4 September 2020: Cambodian rapper Kea Sokun was arrested in Siem Reap and charged with incitement because of his song Dey Khmer/Khmer Land, reported Amnesty International.

Sokun was charged under Article 494 and Article 495 of the Cambodian Criminal Code for the song in which he comments on the politics of Cambodian-Vietnamese border. If sentenced, the rapper faces from six months to two years in prison and a fine from 1,000,000 Cambodian Riels (about 206 euros) to 4,000,000 Cambodian Riels (about 826 euros).

Monitoring Manager Am Sam Ath from Licadho, a national Cambodian human rights organisation commented on Sokun’s arrest to VOD English saying that “I don’t think anyone should detain him for the song because this is a work of art.”

The arrest of the rapper comes during a wave of arrests of young activists in Cambodia.

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