Website editor facing possible combined sentence of 82 years in prison

first_imgNews October 1, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website editor facing possible combined sentence of 82 years in prison News Receive email alerts to go further Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by the unprecedented harassment of Chiranuch Premchaipoen, the editor of the Prachatai news website. Detained at Bangkok airport on 24 September, on her return from an international conference (http://en.rsf.org/thailand-news-website-editor-arrested-on-24-09-2010,38440.html), 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 charges currently registered in connection with the complaint, she could be facing up to 32 years in prison. At the same time, she is facing a possible 50-year sentence in a connection with an earlier, very similar, case.Chiranuch Premchaipoen was released on the night of 24 September after paying 200,000 bahts (4,800 euros) in bail but she must now report every month to the police in Khon Kaen, 400 km from her Bangkok home. Her next appointment with the Khon Kaen police has been set for 24 October.“The way the Thai authorities are behaving towards Chiranuch is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The judicial system will be completely discredited if all the charges against her are not dropped. She is being treated like a criminal although she is regarded internationally as an expert in online journalism. Why was she arrested now on a complaint that is more than two years old?”The press freedom organisation added: “If you add up the maximum sentences applicable to all the various charges pending against her in these two cases, you get the absurd figure of 82 years in prison. This is worthy of a country like Burma. It shows that the degree of determination to persecute Chiranuch and the flaws of Thailand’s lèse-majesté laws.”Chiranuch’s latest arrest was in response to a complaint filed on 28 April 2008 by Khon Kaen resident Syunimit Chirasuk about comments posted on Prachatai about its interview with Chotisak Onsoong, a person who was charged with lèse-majesté for refusing to stand when the national anthem was played in a cinema.As the site’s editor, Chiranuch is charged with “defaming, insulting or threatening the king and royal family” (article 112 of the criminal code), “public statements inciting unrest (article 116) and “supporting or being responsible for crimes linked to the use of computers” (articles 14 and 15 of the Computer Crime Act).Chiranuch was arrested on her return from a conference entitled “Internet at Liberty 2010” which Google and the Central European University organised in Budapest from 20 to 22 September. Hundreds of bloggers of more than 70 nationalities took part. She was briefly detained by immigration officials at Bangkok airport as she was about to leave for the conference.The news that she was arrested again on her return triggered a wave of international condemnation by bloggers, journalists, NGOs and diplomats that was relayed on social networks including Facebook and Twitter (#freejiew). Chiranuch said she thought this wave of support was responsible for her release later the same day.Chiranuch was previously arrested under the Computer Crimes Act and lèse majesté laws on 31 March, when she was released within a few hours on 300,000 bahts (7,000 euros) in bail. In this earlier case, she is facing up to 50 years in prison for failing to remove around 10 comments from the site with sufficient speed. Posted by visitors in 2008 and quickly removed by Chiranuch after she was alerted, the comments were deemed to have insulted the monarchy.Thailand was listed as one of the “Countries under Surveillance” in the report on “Enemies of the Internet that Reporters Without Borders released on 11 March.To help Chiranuch cover her bail payment, you can make a donation at http://digitaldemocracy.chipin.com/free-jiew. Organisation Help by sharing this information Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News RSF_en center_img May 12, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News ThailandAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific August 21, 2020 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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first_img“We want to restore democracy there,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week, walking just to the edge of declaring that regime change is the goal. “We think the Iranian people want that same thing.” – Advertisement – At Daily Kos on this date in 2018—What does Secretary of State Pompeo mean by ‘restore democracy’ in Iran? – Advertisement – In 2014 when he was just a Kansas congressman, Mike Pompeo, now secretary of state and one of the most pugnacious ideologues of the neoconservative club, bragged that it would take only  “2000 [bombing] sorties to destroy the Iranian nuclear capacity.” Last month, he wrote in Foreign Affairs his view of how the reimposition of sanctions are meant to bring Iran to its knees and do Washington’s bidding, or be toppled by a populace disgruntled by a smashed economy. Colin H. 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Anyone telling you that a Democratic victory next November would merely signal four years of endless gridlock hasn’t thought about the possibilities laid out in this issue. And if you doubt the opportunity for strong executive action, let me direct your attention to Donald Trump.MAKE NO MISTAKE: Trump is an autocrat, more than willing to break the law to realize his campaign promises. His invocation of inherent, extreme executive power, egged on chiefly by Attorney General William Barr, is in fact dangerous, as former Representative Brad Miller lays out for us later in this issue. Trump has asserted the right to ignore Congress’s oversight function, reinterpret laws based on his own preferences, hide information from lawmakers and the public, promise pardons before illegal actions take place, appoint acting heads of federal agencies without advice and consent from the Senate, and raise the specter of emergency to follow through on his campaign promises.But in a significant number of cases, Trump’s pathway has sprung from a simple proposition: When Congress gives the executive branch authority, the president, you know, can actually use it.[…]THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READINGWide Awake, by Rebecca Traister. The past four years have birthed a progressive movement so extraordinary it just might survive the forces that threaten its extinction.The Right-Wing Violence Trump Has Encouraged Has Deep Roots in American History, By Dolores Janiewski and Chad Pearson. The far-right violence that Donald Trump has stoked has deep roots in US history. Kicking him from office won’t change that — but it would deal a blow to right-wing vigilantism. The South Has Already Changed, by Adam Harris. Jaime Harrison lost to Lindsey Graham but expanded Democrats’ vision of what’s possible in the Deep South.TOP COMMENTSQUOTATION“In a democracy, someone who fails to get elected to office can always console himself with the thought that there was something not quite fair about it.”          ~~Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (411 BCE)TWEET OF THE DAYxNow seems like a good time to remind Trump appointees that destroying federal records is a crime. And it’ll be easier than you think to prove you did it.— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 4, 2020BLAST FROM THE PAST- Advertisement – Certainly, a truly democratic, socially liberal, non-aggressive Iranian government that puts a high value on human rights would be a welcome change from the brutal one now in charge. 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