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The case concerns the trial of a man caught selling pirated copies of an allegedly defamatory TV documentary.
Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director of the online news website Prachatai, received a one-year prison sentence and a US$1,000 penalty for violating Section 15 of the Computer Crimes Act, which mandates website hosts to delete illegal content.
Amphon Tangnoppaku died in prison whilst serving a 20-year prison sentence for sending four text messages deemed as insulting against the Queen of Thailand.
ARTICLE 19 has submitted an amicus brief to a Bangkok criminal court arguing that the criminal prosecution of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk under the lèse-majesté law violates his right to freedom of expression.
To end the cycle of impunity, the prime minister and her government should promptly bring charges against those responsible for crimes committed during the 2010 political upheavals, whatever their political affiliation or official position in the military or government, Human Rights Watch said.
The papers are being targeted for publishing articles that accused the deputy prime minister of being drunk during the parliament's charter amendment debate on 25 February.
The glaring injustices of the cases are being made even worse by the denial of bail for apparently political reasons and long periods of pre-trial detention, says Human Rights Watch.
At the end of the 16 February hearing, the court announced that it would issue its verdict in the trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, editor of the Prachatai news website, on 30 April.
A suspect, Noppadon “Pae” Praisri, has given himself up to the police after learning that they were on his trail. He has implicated two others in the killing of journalist Wisut Tangwittayaporn.
Police are investigating the motive for the killing of Wisut Tangwitthayaporn but have not ruled out the journalist's reporting on corruption in the management of the province's land encroachment problem as a major cause.
Daranee "Da Torpedo" Charnchoensilpakul had previously been convicted and sentenced to 18 years during a closed-door trial, which the court later ruled was unconstitutional.
Joe Gordon's alleged crime was translating sections of a banned biography of the Thai monarch and posting them online while living in the United States.
The Thai deputy prime minister announced that eyewitness testimony and forensic evidence points to security forces' involvement in the April 2010 fatal shooting of Hiroyuki Muramoto in Bangkok.
The government announced on 24 November that Facebook users could be charged under lese majeste laws for commenting on, sharing, or clicking 'like' on content deemed insulting to the royal family; individuals found guilty can be sentenced to up to 15 years imprisonment for each offence.
Ampon Tangnoppakul had been denied bail, resulting in a detainment of over eight months during which his health deteriorated.
Local news reports said the state-run Flood Relief Operations Command had issued a new requirement that Thaiflood submit its reports to the government for approval before publication.
During a recent Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session in Geneva, the Thai delegation stated that it was keen to prevent further abuse of the law and and had set up a committee to advise the government on the use of lèse-majesté.
Phamon Phonphanit, a reporter with the local "Sue Samut Atyakam" newspaper, died from severe burns he suffered while covering a series of bomb blasts in Sungai Kolok town.
The Department of Special Investigation chief told Agence France Presse that the army was responsible for the fatal shooting of Japanese cameraman Hiroyuki Muramoto.
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One of the latest cases is that of Surapak Phuchaisaeng who was arrested on lèse-majesté charges in connection with photos, videos and messages he posted on Facebook.