Matichon cartoonist summoned for criticising charter

A cartoonist for Matichon Weekly was summoned today to explain why he penned cartoons critical of a junta-backed draft constitution, even though they were from 10 months ago and referred to a different draft.

For lampooning that first draft, which was rejected by junta-appointed lawmakers in September last year, the Election Commission said cartoonist Arun Watcharasawat must report himself next week to explain his action.

“The cartoonist and online editors of Matichon Weekly must meet us on June 30 to explain whether the incident was a misunderstanding, and explain the intentions behind it,” Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said at a Wednesday news conference. “If it was a misunderstanding, they must show responsibility and fix it, so that there will be correct understanding.”


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