Thai webmaster Chiranuch Premchaiporn was found guilty this morning of not deleting lèse majesté comments on the now defunct web board of the Thai news website Prachatai quickly enough – she was sentenced to 1 year in prison, which was then reduced to an 8-month SUSPENDED sentence and a THB20,000 (US$630) fine. In its verdict,...
In the wake of the government decision to remove the contentious 1949 cartoon – drawn by Shankar – from NCERT’s political science textbook for Class IX and the subsequent declaration by Human Resource Development minister, Kapil Sibal, that all cartoons used in NCERT will be reviewed and taken out if needed, some well meaning people...
By Saksith Saiyasombut The New York Times/International Herald Tribune wrote a blog post on Wednesday that compares two recent developments in China and Thailand, while it may or may not (unintentionally) mislead readers in the first lines: China’s expulsion of the correspondent for Al Jazeera — a move seen as reprehensible by supporters of press freedoms...
Today at 10.00 AM (Bangkok time) the Thai Criminal Court will give its verdict against Chiranuch “Jiew” Premchaiporn, the webmaster of the news website Prachatai. Chiranuch is being prosecuted for failing to delete 10 comments made by others that are deemed insulting to the monarchy not quickly enough. She has been arrested in 2009 and...
By Saksith Saiyasombut “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” (Three Witches, Act I, Scene I) The Tragedy of Macbeth is a famous play by William Shakespeare that tells the story of a man and a woman on their bloody path to the throne of Scotland and their violent downfall, driven by arrogance, paranoia and death. The...
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