Another Internet user arrested for lese majeste as Internet regulation dialogue gets under way

first_img Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Help by sharing this information August 21, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders deplores today’s arrest of Internet user Suwicha Thakhor on a charge of insulting the monarchy (lese majeste), just one day after Thai Netizen Network, a group that defends online freedom of expression, met with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and suggested ways to reach a compromise on Internet regulation, including the issue of lese majeste. “This arrest gives the government the opportunity to demonstrate its readiness to maintain a real dialogue by keeping a close watch on the conduct of the investigation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the government to do everything possible to ensure that Thakhor is released as soon as the authorities establish that he has not done anything that violates democratic norms.” The Department of Special Investigations said Thakhor was arrested because his computer’s Internet address matched the address from which comments about the king and his aides had been sent. He was picked up by the police while visiting friends in the provinces. The authorities say they suspect he knew the police were after him and that he left the capital for this reason. Thakhor, who is being held at Department of Special Investigations headquarters in Bangkok, has denied the charges. May 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation News ThailandAsia – Pacific January 14, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another Internet user arrested for lese majeste as Internet regulation dialogue gets under way News to go further RSF_en Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Supinya Klangnarong, the coordinator of Thai Netizen Network and a media advocate, spoke to Reporters Without Borders after yesterday’s meeting with the prime minister. “During this meeting, we were able to express our views and concerns,” she said. “Meeting with the PM is thefirst step to beginning negotiations aimed at seeking appropriate regulation that will uphold cyber-liberty inThailand.”Political science professor Giles Ji Ungpakorn yesterday called for a national and international campaign to demand the abolition of the crime of lese majeste. On 11 January, Ungpakorn was ordered to report to a Bangkok police station on 20 January to be charged under the lese majeste law in connection with his book “A Coup for the Rich,” which can be downloaded at no cost from his blog, http://www.wdpress.blog.co.uk. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the withdrawal of the charges against him.More information News June 12, 2020 Find out more News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedomlast_img read more