13 Mar 2012
As the news of the Kandahar Massacre circles the globe, the eyes of the international community are once again scrutinising the USA’s dubious and often appalling human rights record – particularly when they are intervening/invading in some foreign country.
9 Dec 2011
Dual Thai-US citizen Joe Gordon was sentenced to two and a half years in prison yesterday under the lese-majeste law and the Computer Crimes Act for translating parts of a banned book about the King and posting them on the Internet while in the United States, prompting an immediate expression of concern from a locally based US official.
9 Dec 2011
Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the two-and-a-half-year sentence imposed on American blogger Joe Gordon by a Bangkok court today for insulting the Thai royal family and deplores the increase in so-called lèse-majesté crimes in Thailand.
8 Dec 2011
On 8 Dec, the Criminal Court sentenced Joe Gordon, a Thai-born American citizen, to 5 years in jail for lèse majesté, but reduced the jail term by half as he had pleaded guilty.
29 Nov 2011
Confusion reigned yesterday over the verdict day for Joe Gordon, a dual Thai-US citizen charged under the lese majeste law and Computer Crimes Act, when US Embassy personnel and Gordon's lawyer appeared at the Criminal Court - only to be told the ruling on his prosecution would be handed down next Thursday, December 8.
12 Nov 2011
Prachatai has monitored the case closely, writing that "the Thai-born American citizen was arrested by the Department of Special Investigation in late May this year for allegedly translating the banned book ‘The King Never Smiles’ and placing links to download the translation on the internet, violating the lèse majesté law and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act."
11 Oct 2011
On 10 Oct, Joe Gordon pleaded guilty at the Criminal Court after having been detained without bail for 139 days.
28 Sep 2011
On 27 Sept, a group of activists gathered in front of the US Embassy in Bangkok to call on the US government to protect the rights and freedoms of its citizen, Joe Gordon, who has been detained without bail for 4 months on charges of lèse majesté.
7 Sep 2011
Yesterday, Thailand’s Criminal Court would deny Joe Gordon bail for an eighth consecutive time. In its decision, the Court would cite a number of reasons for the American’s ongoing incarceration, namely, the seriousness of the alleged offence. “The witness had not yet testified… and the penalty, (if convicted), is high,” wrote the Court.
26 Aug 2011
U.S. citizen and lèse majesté prisoner Joe Gordon is “learning a lot about Thai politics, in prison,” and intends to mount a serious charge against the Thai Government in light of his ongoing incarceration.
11 Aug 2011
Late last month, Joe Gordon, a Thai-American citizen, was again denied bail on charges relating to lese-majeste and the Computer Crimes Act (CCA). The decision marks the seventh and final appeal for bail during the period of his pre-trial incarceration.
21 Jul 2011
It is 63 days since Joe Gordon was first incarcerated, and despite this, he seems considerably well. "Yes, it took a long time, but I've started receiving some medicine now, and it's working," he says.