Journalist Taken to Court Over Report on Illegal Timber Factory

A video report alleging a Battambang timber factory was illegally processing luxury wood has landed a local journalist in court.

Lim Phally, a reporter for Los Seng News, said he had asked for a delay for court questioning that was scheduled today.

He was sued after a livestream report from January 16 about a local businessman he claims was trafficking timber, he said.

“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.”

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