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<div> <div>Facebook has complied with a request from the junta to restrict user access to a video posted by an exiled critic of the monarchy, citing Thailand’s newly amended Computer Crimes Act.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 4 May 2017, the exiled academic Somsak Jeamteerasakul <a href="">announced</a> on his Facebook page that he had received an email from Facebook informing him that one of his posts violates Thailand’s <a href="">2007 Computer Crimes Act (CCA)</a>. </div></div>
<p>The Criminal Court has refused to release two detainees accused of lèse majesté for sharing the Facebook post of an academic blacklisted by the junta. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>On 4 May 2017, the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd., Bangkok,<a href="">&nbsp;denied&nbsp;</a>bail requests of 790,000 and 900,000 baht for two detainees accused of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.</p>
<p>The Criminal Court has detained six people accused of royal defamation for sharing a Facebook post of an academic in self-imposed exile who the junta has blacklisted. &nbsp;</p> <p>On 3 May 2017, the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd., Bangkok, granted the police permission to detain six people accused of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.</p> <p>They were arrested by police and military officers separately in different parts of the country in late April.</p>
By Reporters Without Borders (RSF) |
<div>Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Thai government ban, imposed yesterday, on any online contact or interaction with three prominent critics of the regime – a foreign journalist and two academics – and urges all Facebook users beyond the government’s reach to share content from the Facebook accounts of these three critics. The ban’s three targets are Andrew MacGregor Marshall, a well-known Scottish journalist who used to be based in Bangkok, and Thai academics Somsak Jeamteerasakul and Pavin Chachavalpongpun. </div>
By Amnesty International (AI) |
<p>Responding to a government warning that anyone who follows, contacts, or shares posts online with three prominent critics - historian Somsak Jeamteerasakul, journalist and author Andrew MacGregor Marshall, and former diplomat Pavin Chachavalpongpun - will be prosecuted under the Computer Crimes Act, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific Josef Benedict said:</p>
<div> <div>The authorities have summoned or visited at least six people across the country who follow the Facebook page of an exiled academic. </div></div>
<p>The Court has ruled that Somsak Jeamteerasakul, the embattled lèse majesté critic and ex-Thammasat lecturer now in self-imposed exile, is not guilty of leaving Thammasat University after the 2014 coup d’état.</p> <p>The Administrative Court on Monday, 11 April 2016, ruled that an order to fire Somsak Jeamteerasakul,56, was illegal.</p> <p>The court reasoned that it did not appear that Somsak intended to be absent from his lectureship at Thammasat University and that his position at the university prior to his self-imposed exile shall remain intact.</p>
<div>Thai Police said nine people including two of Thailand’s leading scholars, Sulak Sivaraksa and Somsak Jeamteerasakul, are likely to face lèse majesté charges over a televised academic discussion on the lèse majesté law.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href=";theater">BBC Thai</a> reported that Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, Deputy Police Chief, on Wednesday, 9 March 2016, said that nine people and two corporations involved in airing a talk show in 2013 called Tob Jod (The An </div>
<p>An officer of the Administrative Court has said that Somsak Jeamteerasakul, the embattled lèse majesté critic and ex-Thammasat lecturer in self-imposed exile, is not guilty of being absent without leave because he faced grave danger.</p>
<div> <div>The Thai police are considering a further lèse majesté charge against Somsak Jeamteerasakul, in self-imposed exile in France, and the Thai PBS channel over a talk programme on the lèse majesté law.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Tob Jod (The Answers) programmes were broadcast on Thai PBS, the only public TV channel in Thailand, on 11-14 March and 18 March 2013. Apart from Somsak, the episode on lèse majesté law featured Sulak Sivaraksa, an anti-lèse majesté law royalist, Surakiart Sathirathai, former Deputy Prime Minister, and Pol Gen Vasit Dejkunchorn. </div></div>
<div> <div>Jaran Ditapichai is a anti-establishment red-shirt leader, leftist and ex-communist who has fled Thailand to France after the coup on 22 May 2014. Prachatai interviewed Jaran about his exile life and how he will fight for Thai democracy from abroad. &nbsp;</div> </div>
<p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-443b76d9-2ac8-d58f-a768-81bf3228206c">Somsak Jeamteerasakul, an embattled lèse majesté critic and ex-Thammasat history lecturer in self-imposed exile has submitted an appeal to the Thai authorities regarding the decision by Thammasat University to sack him.&nbsp;</span></p>