Article 14 of Computer Crime Act
3 Apr 2018
The editor of a Chiang Mai lifestyle magazine is facing criminal charges for sharing on Facebook a photo of an oil painting that depicted Chiang Mai's three iconic statues of ancient kings wearing face masks in order to promote an anti-air pollution rally. Pim Kemasingki, a Thai-British national who edits the Chiang Mai Citylife magazine, said she found out she was facing charges from the media reports on Friday.
22 Aug 2017
The Criminal Court has handed a one year suspended jail term to a junta critic accused of contempt of court. On 21 August 2017, the Criminal Court sentenced Watana Muangsook, a well-known politician from the Pheu Thai Party, to one year in prison and a 500 baht fine for violating Articles 15, 30, and 31 of the Criminal Procedure Code, laws related to contempt of court. He was charged with broadcasting through Facebook live from the court premises about another case.
2 Aug 2017
The police have released a politician known for his anti-junta stand, who is facing a sedition charge over his Facebook posts. On 1 August 2017, Watana Muangsook, a politician from the Pheu Thai Party, reported to the Technology Crime Suppression Division after he was accused of violating Article 116 of the Criminal Code, the sedition law.
26 Jun 2017
A military court has postponed sentencing an elderly lèse majesté suspect who faces up to 50 years in prison after the suspect recanted his not guilty plea and confessed. At about 10 am on 26 June 2017, the Military Court of Bangkok postponed the sentencing of Tara W., a 59-year-old seller of Thai traditional medicine accused of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, after he pleaded guilty. The hearing has been postponed to 9 August 2017.
12 Jun 2017
A provincial court has dismissed a defamation case filed by a mining company against a newspaper who reported on its environmental abuses, after realising that an identical case is already being heard in another province. On 12 June 2017, the Roi Et Provincial Court ruled to dismiss a defamation case submitted by the mining company Myanmar Phongpipat against Pratch Rujivanarom, a journalist from The Nation newspaper, and the newspaper itself.
9 Jun 2017
The Supreme Court has handed a two years and six months jail term to an elderly anti-establishment red shirt accused of defaming the monarchy by uploading lèse majesté audio clips. On 9 June 2017, the Supreme Court confirmed the Appeal Court verdict, sentencing Chaleaw J., a 58-year-old tailor from the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum, to five years’ imprisonment
5 May 2017
The Criminal Court has refused to release two detainees accused of lèse majesté for sharing the Facebook post of an academic blacklisted by the junta. On 4 May 2017, the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd., Bangkok, denied bail requests of 790,000 and 900,000 baht for two detainees accused of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.
27 Apr 2017
A court in northern Thailand has handed a one-year suspended jail term to a man who posted a Facebook message deemed defamatory to a queen of an ancient kingdom in northern Thailand. On 25 April 2017, the Provincial Court of the northern Province of Lamphun sentenced Songpol Phoommesri, 23, to one year in prison and a fine of 5,000 baht for violating the Computer Crime Act (CCA).
14 Mar 2017
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has filed defamation lawsuits against people accusing it of causing environmental destruction. On 13 March 2017, Pranee Tangseree, Assistant Governor of EGAT’s Legal Affairs Bureau, revealed that EGAT had filed 15 complaints to the police against people posting content on social media accusing its power plants of pollution leading to sickness and death.
24 Feb 2017
A well-known British correspondent with the BBC could face up to five years imprisonment for reporting on a fraud case on the famous resort island of Phuket. On 23 February 2017, the Provincial Court of Phuket held a deposition hearing on a criminal defamation case against Jonathan Head, the BBC’s Southeast Asia correspondent. He is also charged under Article 14 of the 2007 Computer Crime Act. The British journalist faces charges for a report about two foreign retirees who alleged that they were scammed out of their properties in Phuket by Thai women they married.
10 Feb 2017
Despite criticism from the UN, a Thai court has refused to release the embattled student activist Jatuphat ‘Pai Dao Din’ Boonpattararaksa after public prosecutors indicted him for lèse majesté. On 10 February 2017, the Provincial Court of Khon Kaen accepted Jatuphat’s case during an in camera hearing after the prosecutor formally indicted him under Article 112 of the Criminal Code — the lèse majesté law. The prosecutors objected to bail, citing flight risk and the severity of the charge since it is related to the Thai Monarchy.
25 Jan 2017
A military court has sentenced to jail an activist demanding a probe into the Rajabhakti Park corruption allegations. On 25 January 2017, the Military Court of Bangkok handed out 8 months of imprisonment to Thanet Anantawong for defying the junta’s ban on political gatherings of five or more persons. The military court judges, however, halved the jail term to four months after Thanet pleaded guilty.