lese majeste

30 Oct 2010
The Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation says it will deal with unregistered community radio stations, some of which are divisive and offensive.
20 Oct 2010
On 19 Oct, Kittichai Charnchoengsilpakul told Prachatai that last week he and a foreign academic visited his sister Daranee in prison.  The prison authorities did not permit the foreign academic to visit her, citing the more restricted regulations of the prison.  Kittichai was told by Daranee during his visit that the authorities told her that red shirts would not be allowed to visit her. Daranee has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for lèse majesté offences, and her case is now on appeal.  
13 Oct 2010
On Oct 12, at Government House, Boworn Yasintorn, representing the People's Volunteer Network for the Protection of the Monarchy, submitted a petition to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, ICT Minister Juti Krairiksh, and Justice Minister Peerapan Saleeratwipak, asking them to take measures against lèse majesté content on Facebook.
8 Oct 2010
A shoe repairer has been charged with lèse majesté and denied bail for calling 191 to make a bomb threat against Siriraj Hospital.
4 Oct 2010
The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) has sent an open letter to PM Abhisit Vejjajiva, expressing its concerns over the ongoing suppression of freedom of expression in Thailand and calling on him to look into the issue as he has always promised to do.
3 Oct 2010
Khon Kaen-based scholar David Streckfuss recently completed a seminal book on lese majeste law entitled “Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, treason, and lese-majeste” published by Routledge. He answered questions by Pravit Rojanaphruk about lese majeste law and more. Excerpts:   1) Many people who support lese majeste law say Thailand and its monarchy is unique thus the law is needed. What's your view?
3 Oct 2010
BANGKOK Oct.2 -- The arrest and legal procedure of the case against Prachatai director Chiranuch Premchiaporn were both unfair and unlawful, said Chiranuch’s attorney. Chiranuch’s lawyer Anon Nampa, who drove from Saraburi province to accompany her during the interrogation at Khon Kaen provincial police station in Northeastern Thailand, said the charges against her are too severe and constitute unjustifiable use of law. “The charges are filed at random,” Anon said. “It clearly is political slandering.”
1 Oct 2010
Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director of prachatai.com, an online newspaper, which is regarded by some as being pro-red and has been blocked since April, was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport last Friday on charges of lese majeste and violating the computer crime law over comments posted by other users. Upon returning from a seminar on cyber liberty in Hungary, she was driven straight to Khon Kaen province to face charges filed against her two years ago. She is now out on Bt200,000 bail and tells The Nation's Pravit Rojanaphruk about her ordeal. Here are some excerpts:
30 Sep 2010
Matichon Online, September 29, 2010 - Website MeechaiThailand.com owned by Meechai Ruchupan, former President of the Senate, veteran government legal advisor, and former President of the Council of the State, answers a law-related question on lèse majesté from Kraiwan Kasemsin.
30 Sep 2010
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that Ms. Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director of Prachatai online newspaper, was detained by the immigration police at Suvarnabhumi Airport, in Samutprakarn province near Bangkok, and transferred to Khon Kaen police station, in northeastern Thailand. She has been charged with violating the Computer Crimes Act BE.2550 (2007) and Articles 112 and 116 of the Criminal Code BE.2499 (1956) (section of the code relating to lesè majesté).
28 Sep 2010
Paris-Bangkok, 27 September 2010 - On Friday, September 24, 2010, at approximately 2.30PM, the Thai immigration police arrested Ms. Chiranuch Premchaiporn, executive director of Prachatai, an independent news website, at the Bangkok Airport on charges of defaming the monarchy of Thailand and of violating articles 14 and 15 of the 2007 Computer-related Crimes Act and article 112 of the criminal code. Ms. Premchaiporn was returning from Hungary, where she had attended a conference entitled The Internet at Liberty 2010.
25 Sep 2010
At about 1 am on 25 Sept, Chiranuch Premchaiporn was granted bail after placing 200,000 baht in cash as a guarantee.  She denied all charges during police interrogation. She has to report to the police at Khon Kaen Police Station on 24 Oct. Over a dozen readers of Prachatai in Khon Kaen gathered at the police station to give her moral support.


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