Thailand: website director faces “computer crimes” trial

Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director of Thai website, is to face the court on Monday 31 May in a procedural hearing in a case brought against her under the country’s Computer Crimes Act. The case relates to comments posted on the site, rather than anything Chrianuch wrote herself.

According to Peter Noorlander of the Media Legal Defence Initiative, “the authorities seem to intend through this prosecution is to remove a thorn in their side”. An increasing number of independent and critical media have faced censure in Thailand since the military coup of 2006. Under the Computer Crimes Act, Chiranuch could be found guilty od “intentionally supporting or consenting to an offence”.

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