US academic Noam Chomsky gives embattled Thai academic Pavin moral support

 
Noam Chomsky, a respected linguist and critic of US foreign policy, on Sunday emailed Pavin Chachavalpongun to give moral support after the latter reportedly became a target of the Thai junta for his comments on the Thai coup, according to Pavin. 
 
In the email, Chomsky expresses concerns over Pavin’s safety.
 
“I am deeply disturbed to learn about the threats against Professor Pavin Chachavalpongun. I hope that they will be quickly withdrawn, as they should be and that he will be free to visit his family and resume his life without government repression,” writes the email. 
 
Based in Kyoto, Japan, Pavin is an associate professor at Kyoto University’s Centre for Southeast Asian Studies. He has reportedly become a target for extradition by the Thai state because of his comments on the military's intervention in politics in Thailand. 
 
 
Screenshot of the email
 
 
 

Since 2007, Prachatai English has been covering underreported issues in Thailand, especially about democratization and human rights, despite the risk and pressure from the law and the authorities. However, with only 2 full-time reporters and increasing annual operating costs, keeping our work going is a challenge. Your support will ensure we stay a professional media source and be able to expand our team to meet the challenges and deliver timely and in-depth reporting.

• Simple steps to support Prachatai English

1. Bank transfer to account “โครงการหนังสือพิมพ์อินเทอร์เน็ต ประชาไท” or “Prachatai Online Newspaper” 091-0-21689-4, Krungthai Bank

2. Or, Transfer money via Paypal, to e-mail address: service@prachatai.com, please leave a comment on the transaction as “For Prachatai English”