The Royal Thai Navy has filed defamation charges against international journalists for their reports on authorities being involved in human trafficking of ethnic Rohingya refugees. The move sends a chilling reminder to the media about the dismal state of press freedom in Thailand, the easy exploitation of flawed laws and how little outside inquiry Thailand's military tolerates....
The Bangkok Post:* The Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced a 24-year-old man, who hacked the accounts of 14 customers of Siam Commercial Bank and stole money from them, to 20 years imprisonment, suspended for three years, and 48 hours of community service. Ekkapan Kummanoi, 24, was indicted by economic cases prosecutors on charges of illegally...
By Lisa Gardner Last Thursday, in a small soi across the Chao Praya, this journalist would moderate a discussion entitled “Rhetoric and Dissent: Where to next for Thailand’s Lese-Majeste Law?”. The warm Bangkok evening featured academic Benedict Anderson, Thai columnist Pravit Rojanaphruk, social critic Sulak Sivaraksa and former Reuters correspondent Andrew MacGregor Marshall. Below you’ll find a partial transcript on the key...
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,...
By Lisa Gardner As reported widely and so too here at Siam Voices: Yesterday, with the eyes of international media upon it, Thailand’s judiciary would delay the delivery of a final verdict in the ongoing case of Prachatai executive director Chiranuch Premchaiporn. While Chiranuch is not accused of having written the offensive comments in question, she...
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