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27 July 2012 |

Constitutional challenge to controversial lese majeste laws

The case concerns the trial of a man caught selling pirated copies of an allegedly defamatory TV documentary.
30 May 2012 |

Court finds webmaster guilty of liability for online posts

Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director of the online news website Prachatai, received a one-year prison sentence and a US$1,000 penalty for violating Section 15 of the Computer Crimes Act, which mandates website hosts to delete illegal content.
11 May 2012 |

"Uncle SMS" dies after serving 3 months of his 20-year prison sentence

Amphon Tangnoppaku died in prison whilst serving a 20-year prison sentence for sending four text messages deemed as insulting against the Queen of Thailand.
30 April 2012 |

Court should release journalist prosecuted under lèse majesté law

ARTICLE 19 has submitted an amicus brief to a Bangkok criminal court arguing that the criminal prosecution of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk under the lèse-majesté law violates his right to freedom of expression.
30 March 2012 |

Government urged not to bury truth about political violence

To end the cycle of impunity, the prime minister and her government should promptly bring charges against those responsible for crimes committed during the 2010 political upheavals, whatever their political affiliation or official position in the military or government, Human Rights Watch said.
20 March 2012 |

Four newspapers threatened with defamation

The papers are being targeted for publishing articles that accused the deputy prime minister of being drunk during the parliament's charter amendment debate on 25 February.
27 February 2012 |

Courts denying bail in lese majeste cases

The glaring injustices of the cases are being made even worse by the denial of bail for apparently political reasons and long periods of pre-trial detention, says Human Rights Watch.
21 February 2012 |

Website editor's trial resumes, court hears defence witnesses

At the end of the 16 February hearing, the court announced that it would issue its verdict in the trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, editor of the Prachatai news website, on 30 April.
19 January 2012 |

Solution to journalist's murder within reach

A suspect, Noppadon “Pae” Praisri, has given himself up to the police after learning that they were on his trail. He has implicated two others in the killing of journalist Wisut Tangwittayaporn.
13 January 2012 |

Journalist shot dead by unidentified gunman

Police are investigating the motive for the killing of Wisut Tangwitthayaporn but have not ruled out the journalist's reporting on corruption in the management of the province's land encroachment problem as a major cause.
19 December 2011 |

Red shirt activist Da Torpedo sentenced to 15 years for lèse majesté

Daranee "Da Torpedo" Charnchoensilpakul had previously been convicted and sentenced to 18 years during a closed-door trial, which the court later ruled was unconstitutional.
8 December 2011 |

Thai-born US citizen jailed for lèse majesté posts

Joe Gordon's alleged crime was translating sections of a banned biography of the Thai monarch and posting them online while living in the United States.
2 December 2011 |

Security forces blamed for fatal shooting of Japanese cameraman in 2010

The Thai deputy prime minister announced that eyewitness testimony and forensic evidence points to security forces' involvement in the April 2010 fatal shooting of Hiroyuki Muramoto in Bangkok.
29 November 2011 |

Authorities threaten new penalties for Facebook users

The government announced on 24 November that Facebook users could be charged under lese majeste laws for commenting on, sharing, or clicking 'like' on content deemed insulting to the royal family; individuals found guilty can be sentenced to up to 15 years imprisonment for each offence.
23 November 2011 |

Citizen sentenced to 20 years for lese majeste text messages

Ampon Tangnoppakul had been denied bail, resulting in a detainment of over eight months during which his health deteriorated.
25 October 2011 |

Authorities censor website devoted to flood news

Local news reports said the state-run Flood Relief Operations Command had issued a new requirement that Thaiflood submit its reports to the government for approval before publication.
20 October 2011 |

Government acknowledges effect of lèse-majesté on free expression

During a recent Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session in Geneva, the Thai delegation stated that it was keen to prevent further abuse of the law and and had set up a committee to advise the government on the use of lèse-majesté.
27 September 2011 |

Journalist dies from bomb blast injuries

Phamon Phonphanit, a reporter with the local "Sue Samut Atyakam" newspaper, died from severe burns he suffered while covering a series of bomb blasts in Sungai Kolok town.
23 September 2011 |

RSF calls into question responsibility of army in fatal shooting of cameraman

The Department of Special Investigation chief told Agence France Presse that the army was responsible for the fatal shooting of Japanese cameraman Hiroyuki Muramoto.
13 September 2011 |

New cases suggest no change in lèse-majesté policy

One of the latest cases is that of Surapak Phuchaisaeng who was arrested on lèse-majesté charges in connection with photos, videos and messages he posted on Facebook.

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