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)