RE­PORTER SEN­TENCED FOR DEFAMA­TION

Business Bhutan - - Nation -

A news­pa­per re­porter based in Tsir­ang has been sen­tenced to three months in prison for li­bel (a pub­lished or writ­ten state­ment that is dam­ag­ing to a per­son’s rep­u­ta­tion) by the Tsir­ang District Court.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the re­porter had writ­ten about a woman mis­treat­ing her six-year-old step­daugh­ter on so­cial me­dia last year.

The court has or­dered the re­porter to pay a sum of Nu 45,000 as com­pen­sa­tion to the woman while also pub­lish­ing an apol­ogy state­ment to the women on the same so­cial me­dia to be kept for a month. The re­porter can pay in lieu of prison term.

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