Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Thai authorities to abandon any plan to prosecute Pravit Rojanaphruk, a well-known journalist and free speech advocate who is to be questioned by police tomorrow about a complaint accusing him of sedition in five Facebook posts. A leading critic of Thailand’s military junta and its lèse-majesté law, Pravit could face a possible 20-year jail sentence if prosecuted on a sedition charge under article 116 of the criminal code as a result of the complaint brought against him by a police lieutenant-colonel.
Over the past week, a teenage singer was slammed by nationalists after complaining about her country on Twitter. A lecturer put a student in a headlock for protesting a university ceremony. And various prosecution cases moved forward against human rights advocates and politicians. Late last week, Thai social media heated up over tweets from a pop singer called ‘Image’ who had expressed her discontent at living in Thailand.
The police have accused a veteran journalist known for his anti-junta stand of sedition over Facebook posts critical of the junta. On 1 August 2017, Pravit Rojanaphruk, a senior reporter at Khaosod English, who has consistently criticised Thailand’s junta and the lèse majesté law, posted on his Facebook account that the Technology Crime Suppression Division accused him of violation of Article 116 of the Criminal Code, the sedition law.
On 18 July 2017, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) awarded its Press Freedom Award to four journalists, including Pravit Rojanaphruk, a senior reporter at Khaosod English, who has consistently criticised Thailand’s junta and the lèse majesté law.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Thai military junta’s censorship of Pravit Rojanaphruk, an outspoken journalist who has been denied permission to travel to Finland to attended a UNESCO event in Helsinki on 3 May marking World Press Freedom Day. Pravit, who is very critical of the junta in his articles, has been detained twice in the past in a “behaviour adjustment camp,” where he was forced to sign a pledge to seek permission from the authorities whenever he wants to travel abroad. His request to attend the Helsinki event was refused by th
I have been detained and banned from travelling abroad for challenging militarisation. Those who refuse to kowtow to Thailand’s junta are paying the price
Finnish organizations promoting freedom of expression are disappointed in Thailand’s government’s decision to ban journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk from travelling to Finland. Rojanaphruk was invited to participate in UNESCOs Press Freedom Day conference in Helsinki during May 2–4 2016. Finnish PEN, Reporters Without Borders in Finland, Finnish Foundation for Media and Development Vikes and Union of Journalists in Finland are demanding Pravit Rojanaphruk to be allowed to participate in the conference.
The Thai junta has prohibited a well-known anti-junta journalist of Khaosod English News from attending a conference on World Press Freedom Day in Finland. Pravit Rojanaphruk, 48, a well-known anti-junta journalist from Khaosod English, on Wednesday morning, 30 March 2016, posted a message on his Facebook profile that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) had prohibited him from attending a conference on World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, to be held in Finland.
People not getting jobs is becoming a regular feature of the news. First ultra-royalist Boworn Yasinthorn failed in his bid to become a National Human Rights Commissioner, where one assumes he would champion the right to file lèse majesté charges against anyone he disagreed with. And now Chitpas Kridakorn, once a Bhirombhakdi but still a Boon Rawd beer heiress, has decided to withdraw her application to join the police force.
Veteran The Nation journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk known for his anti-junta stances was allegedly ill-treated at the hands of the military during his 3-day detention.