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By Prachatai |
A group of organizations claiming to protect the monarchy has filed a complaint against Pita Limjaroenrat under the royal defamation law and the Computer-Related Crime Act, alleging that his interview with BBC has affected the country’s highest institution.
<p>A well-known British correspondent with the BBC could face up to five years imprisonment for reporting on a fraud case on the famous resort island of Phuket.&nbsp;</p> <p>On 23 February 2017, the Provincial Court of Phuket held a deposition hearing on a criminal defamation case against Jonathan Head, the BBC’s Southeast Asia correspondent. He is also charged under Article 14 of the 2007 Computer Crime Act.</p> <p>The British journalist faces charges for a report about two foreign retirees who alleged that they were scammed out of their properties in Phuket by Thai women they married.</p>
<p><strong><em>Update</em></strong><em>: The FCCT has announced that the scheduled event for Thursday tonight, the launch of the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights report on the human rights situation after the coup, has been cancelled on the orders of the NCPO and the police. However, TLHR will still hold a press briefing to clarify why the event was cancelled at 6 pm at the FCCT. &nbsp; &nbsp;</em></p> <p>Thai police have pressured the organizers of an event on human rights to cancel it while the organizers remain adamant on going ahead with the original plan.&nbsp;</p>
By Reporters Without Borders |
<p>Reporters Without Borders has written to King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the eve of his birthday on 5 December asking him to pardon Thai Internet users who are in jail or who are being prosecuted in connection with the dissident views they allegedly expressed online.</p>
By CPJ |
<p>The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ongoing legal harassment of BBC correspondent Jonathan Head. Police Lt. Col. Wattanasak Mungkandee filed a third criminal complaint this year against Head on December 23, alleging he had insulted the Thai monarchy in his reporting.</p>
By Prachatai |
<p><span>On April 18, </span><span>Pol Lt Col Wattanasak Mungkitjakarndee presented further documents to the Police Crime Suppression Division (CSD) to corroborate the l&egrave;se majest&eacute; allegations he had previously made against BBC's Asia-Pacific correspondent Jonathan Head, and said that he believed there was a conspiracy.</span></p>
By Prachatai |
<p><span>10 April 2008 &ndash;Associated Press reported progress in the case of Jonathan Head, BBC&rsquo;s Asia-Pacific reporter who has been charged with l&egrave;se majest&eacute; under article 112 of the Criminal Code. The charge arises from his role as moderator of a seminar entitled &ldquo;Coup, Capital and Crown&rdquo; at the Foreign Correspondents&rsquo; Club of Thailand (FCCT) on 13 December 2007. A representative of the international news broadcasting company said it is aware of the case and will find a solution as soon as possible.</span></p>