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THURSDAY, 02 JULY 2009 11:21
BANGKOK – The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) expresses grave concern over the filing of a lese majeste complaint against the board of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT), and stresses that the development once again underscores the persistent and continuing threat that lese majeste provisions in Thailand’s criminal law pose against press freedom and free expression in Thailand.
“We find this development deeply troubling. All journalists—both foreign and Thai—should be troubled by what is ultimately an attempt to harass the entire media community in Thailand,” SEAPA executive director Roby Alampay said. “We have said it before and we will say it again: Lese majeste provisions in Thai laws must be reviewed by Thailand’s legislators and leadership for the ease by which they can be used to stifle free speech and harass the media in the country.”
Media reports said the FCCT Board was accused of distributing and selling DVD copies of a speech delivered at the club in 2007 by then PM’s Office Minister Jakrapob Penkair. The said speech had been criticized as anti-monarchy, although Jakrapob himself has not been formally charged with lese majeste.
Any citizen can lodge lese majeste complaints in Thailand, but official charges can only come following police investigations into such complaints. Continue reading “SEAPA gravely concerned by lese majeste threat against Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand; Press freedom group stresses need to review lese majeste law as threat to free expression”
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