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<p>A group of Thai activists protested at the Malaysian Embassy in Bangkok, demanding the Malaysian government release demonstrators who were arrested during a protest against the Internal Security Act (ISA), and abolish the law which gives sweeping powers to the authorities.</p>
By Reporters Without Borders |
<p>Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the recent creation of a police taskforce to monitor websites and identify those posting content that violates Thailand&rsquo;s draconian lese majeste law.</p>
<p>On Aug 10, PAD co-leader Sondhi Limthongkul commented in an ASTV programme about his attempted assassination. &nbsp;He said that Suthep Thaugsuban, Secretary-General of the Democrat Party and Deputy Prime Minister, should stop protecting the culprits. &nbsp;He suspected that Suthep may be in the know as to who plotted the ambush. &nbsp;Some said that Suthep had been aware of the plot, but did not speak out.</p>
<p>An artist who lost his right hand during the clash between the People&rsquo;s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and police on Oct 7 last year has learnt to draw with his left hand. &nbsp;He was granted an audience with HM the Queen to offer portraits of her, which Her Majesty praised as &lsquo;very good&rsquo;.</p>
<p></p><p>On Aug 8, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told the press that the government would sponsor &lsquo;Naresuan&rsquo;, an epic movie about the ancient Ayutthayan king who saved the kingdom from Burma four hundred years ago. &nbsp;The movie is directed by Mom Chao Chatrichalerm Yukol, who made &lsquo;Suriyothai&rsquo; in 2001.</p>
<p>A PAD lawyer said that the red shirts&rsquo; petition campaign was a violation of the Criminal Code, subject to many years in jail on charges of assisting a culprit and contempt of court.<span>&nbsp; </span>He provided a complaint form for people to download from Manager website to press charges against red shirt leaders and others throughout the country.</p>
By The Southeast Asian Press Alliance |
<p>The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) condemns the guilty verdict and 18-month extended house arrest meted out to Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on 11 August 2009. SEAPA joins the international community in rejecting this judgment, and in demanding the immediate release of Suu Kyi, a democracy icon in Burma and for the rest of the world.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-GB">A police IT task force has been set up to monitor websites and track down those who offend the monarchy.<span>&nbsp; </span>Police find it difficult to deal with websites whose servers are located abroad.<span>&nbsp; </span>The Crime Suppression Division is investigating Thaksin&rsquo;s phone-ins, and charges are likely to be made. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p>
By CIJ |
<p>The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) views with concern plans afoot to filter the Internet to block so-called undesirable websites, as reported in the local media. This is a clear violation of the commitment made in the promotion of the Multimedia Super Corridor and the Bill of Guarantees that ensures no censorship of the Internet. Any form of control or filtering is a violation of freedom of speech, as enshrined in Article 10 of the Federal Constitution.</p>
<p>Matichon columnist <a href="">Prasong Wisute</a> devoted <a href=";grpid=no&amp;catid=02">his column</a> on Aug 7 to a graft allegation against one of Thailand&rsquo;s top auditors for having taken a sister and daughter on an official trip to Europe using free THAI tickets. &nbsp;</p>
<p>On Aug 6, about 300 members of the Triumph Labour Union rallied at Government House to petition the Prime Minister and call on the government to intervene in their dispute with the company which has laid off 1,959 workers.</p>
<p>On Aug 6, a letter from a local educational office in Buriram ordering schools to collect the signatures of staff and students against the red shirts&rsquo; petition was posted on the <a href="">Pantip webboard</a> by a poster named Mati Khon.</p>