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Rohingya migrants sit on a police van in southern Thailand. Pic: AP.

Thai navy sues journalists after reports on Rohingya trafficking

By Thu, Dec 19, 2013 10:15AM UTC Comments Off Rohingya migrants sit on a police van in southern Thailand. Pic: AP.

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....

Thailand: Suspended sentence for some computer crimes, but not for others

By Mon, Jul 30, 2012 7:00AM UTC Comments Off

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...

Panel discussion: ‘Rhetoric and Dissent: Where to next for Thailand’s lèse majesté law?”

By Wed, Jun 13, 2012 12:26AM UTC 2 Comments Here, a protester wears a mask with a sticker against the Thai Criminal Code 112, which prohibits people from defaming the monarchy, at a police station in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2011, hundreds of prominent writers, filmmakers, lawyers and journalists have signed petitions calling for reform of the constitution's Article 112, which mandates up to 15 years in jail for "whoever defames, insults or threatens the king, the queen, the heir to the throne or the regent." Pic: AP

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 found guilty, but avoids jail term

By Wed, May 30, 2012 10:00AM UTC Comments Off Thai webmaster Chiranuch found guilty, but avoids jail term

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,...

Shooting the messenger: On Chiranuch’s verdict delay

By Tue, May 01, 2012 3:35AM UTC Comments Off Chiranuch Premchaiporn. Pic: AP.

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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