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March 18, 2011

13 years in prison for posting three messages on website criticising Thailand king

A 13-year jail sentence has been imposed by a Bangkok court on Thanthawut Taweewarodomkul , the administrator of website linked to the anti-government Red Shirt Movement, for three messages critical of the king that he allegedly posted on the site, called Nor Por Chor USA. Thanthawut, who has been detained since his arrest on April 1, 2010, was given a 10-year sentence under a section of the criminal code covering lèse-majesté and a three-year sentence under the Computer Crime Act. The... MORE
March 1, 2011

Concerns of Thai whitewash in killing of Reuters' Muramoto

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern over inconsistencies in Thailand's official investigation into the killing of Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto, who was killed by gunfire while covering clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces last April 10 in Bangkok. Thailand's Department of Special Investigation told reporters Monday that its investigations showed that Muramoto was apparently not shot by security forces. The findings contradict the state... MORE
February 28, 2011

Thai agency says army did not kill Reuters cameraman

Thailand's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has concluded that Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto , who was killed during political protests last year, was not shot by security forces, the head of the DSI said Sunday. That conclusion contradicts a preliminary finding in a DSI report leaked to Reuters in December, which indicated the bullet that killed the Japanese journalist on April 10 came from the direction of troops. DSI Director-General Tharit Pengdith said the bullet came from an AK... MORE
January 28, 2011

Two Burmese journalists facing deportation from Thailand released, fined by authorities

The Mae Sot Immigration office in Thailand freed John San Lin, a Burmese freelance journalist, and his colleague Pascal Schatterman, a Belgian national, on the evening of January 24, after they paid a fine of THB500 (US$16). The pair were fined for violating the Immigration Act and were released soon after, John San Lin told Mizzima. They were detained on January 20 in Mae Sot after returning to Thailand from Burma, where they reported on fighting between Burmese junta troops and a breakaway... MORE
December 22, 2010

Chinese dissident journalist detained in Bangkok despite UNHCR protection

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has called on Thai authorities to release Sun Shucai, an 87-year-old refugee activist and journalist who was arrested in Bangkok on December 8. He is now in a Bangkok immigration detention centre after a judge fined him 3,000 Baht (75 euros) on December 9 and ordered the authorities to examine the possibility of deporting him. “We are very concerned about Sun’s health as the conditions in the detention centre are poor,” RSF said. “... MORE
December 13, 2010

Reuters: Thailand says troops may have killed journalist

Investigators in Thailand now believe that troops may have been responsible for the shooting death of Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto, on April 10, according to a leaked preliminary state probe by Thailand's Department of Special Investigation (DSI), Reuters reported from Bangkok last week. Thai government investigators said in the report that the death of Muramoto, a 43-year-old Japanese national based in Tokyo, "was caused by a high-velocity bullet as gunfire flashed from the direction of... MORE
October 1, 2010

Website editor in Thailand facing possible combined sentence of 82 years in prison

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has expressed concern over the unprecedented harassment of Chiranuch Premchaipoen, the editor of the Prachatai news website. Detained at Bangkok airport on September 24, on her return from an international conference, she has been told she was arrested on a warrant issued in the northeastern city of Khon Kaen in September 2009 in response to an April 2008 complaint about comments posted on the website. If prosecuted on all the... MORE
September 25, 2010

Police arrest Thai Web editor on anti-crown charge

Thailand authorities have arrested Chiranuch Premchaiporn, editor of the popular Thailand news website Prachatai, on charges of insulting the royal family, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. Prachatai said police at Suvarnabhumi Airport detained Chiranuch at 2:30 p.m. as she arrived from Hungary, where she had attended an Internet freedom conference. Police confirmed the arrest in comments to Matichon, a Thai-language daily newspaper. Her arrest stems from... MORE
August 5, 2010

Journalists playing with death while shooting political unrest in Thailand

If you’re a journalist trying to capture footage of political unrest in Thailand, be warned. Only a few have escaped unscathed from the hands of death while being among the fierce battles between security forces and protesters. Two journalists died and several others were injured during the country’s political unrest. New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has carried out an investigation and have found that both security forces and protesters engaged in... MORE
July 30, 2010

Thailand government in firm control of Red Shirt media outlets

Control of media that are affiliated to or support the Red Shirt movement has been reinforced considerably since a state of emergency was imposed in Bangkok and many other provinces. A TV station, radio stations, websites and newspapers have been censored, banned, forcibly closed or prosecuted. Most of these media supported the Red Shirt demonstrations, sometimes issuing forceful calls for insurrection. But they also served as ordinary relays of legitimate demands coming from a part of Thai... MORE