As have already blogged, the prosecutor has decided to proceed with the criminal case against Prachatai editor Chiranuch Premchaiporn for not deleting comments deemed to be lese majeste. Chiranuch potentially faces a long sentence. The Nation in an editorial:
Thailand’s awkward grappling with the unique freedom on cyber space has been dealt another big setback. A country known for relative freedom of the press will once again become a focus of world attention, thanks to a group of people who want to exercise absolute control over the Internet.
/>Like it or not, the prosecutors’ decision to file a lawsuit against Chiranuch Premchaiporn, – webmaster of the independent Thai online news portal Prachatai – under the Computer Crimes Act will serve as a new paradigm shift in Thailand’s long-standing tolerance of free expression. And it will instil fear in some quarters.
/>But whoever is responsible for creating such fear must think long and hard about the consequences.
/>If those backward-thinking individuals are singling out Chiranuch as a scapegoat, then the future of our freedom of expression will be rolled backed further.
BP: Read the whole thing.
*Am guessing this was written by either Pravit or Kavi (who has written on lese majeste previously)