Judges will have to consider this weeks’ hearings, a process that will likely push back the start date of a full trial.
The contempt proceedings represent the first time the court has actively pursued a media organization for its reporting on the tribunal.
VOA issued a statement of concern about the potential “chilling effect” the threat could have on media coverage of the tribunal.
Thailand and Cambodia now say restoration of relations is a priority.
Wednesday’s statement opened broader questions over the court’s work and the role of journalists who cover it.
The law contains punishment of up to five years in prison for the illegal sale and from 15 years to life for convicted assailants.
The trial of Duch, who admitted his guilt and asked for the forgiveness of his victims, was a first for the court.
Three of those facing prosecution may finally face justice after many years in the Khmer Rouge tribunals.
Poor parents cannot always afford to send their children to school, where low-salaried teachers often ask for bribes.
The law has received widespread criticism from international and local communities.
In national politics, the CPP has dominates the commune councils, holding nearly 8,000 of 11,500 seats.
The court is holding three days of hearings to determine the fitness of three former leaders later this year or into the next.