Pravit Rojanaphruk accused of lèse majesté for Prachatai articles-Prachatai

May 25, 2012

Prachatai: May 24, 2012


A yellow shirt in Roi Et has filed a lèse majesté complaint against Nation reporter Pravit Rojanaphruk, for his contributions to Prachatai.

On 16 May, Pol Lt Matee Sriwana, an investigator at Roi Et Police Station in northeastern Thailand, sent an e-mail to Prachatai, asking for information about Pravit’s Thai-language articles published by Prachatai.

According to the investigator’s e-mail, on 28 Dec 2011 Wiput Sukprasert filed a complaint against Pravit for 7 of his Thai-language articles, including:

Society where everybody has to think and say the same thing is not a society (สังคมที่ทุกคนต้องคิดและพูดเหมือนกัน มิใช่สังคม);

Tranquilizer society (สังคมยากล่อมประสาท);

The problem of goodness of ‘Good people’ (ปัญหาความดีของ “คนดี”);

Depressing condition of the media (สถานการณ์ที่หม่นหมองของสื่อมวลชน);

@PravitR: This tweet is for Akong (@PravitR: ทวีตนี้แด่อากง SMS);

The power of comparing kings as ‘the father’ of the people (พลานุภาพการเปรียบกษัตริย์เป็น “พ่อ” ของประชาชน);

Section 112 (of the Criminal Code) and censorship of information about the monarchy (ม.112 กับการเซ็นเซอร์ข้อมูลต่างเกี่ยวกับสถาบันกษัตริย์).

In addition to asking for basic information about the articles, the investigator also asked Prachatai to delete them. [FACT: Too late, see post following.]

So far, Wiput, using the cyber alias of I PAD, has filed lèse majesté complaints against 15 Prachatai contributors and readers who posted comments on the website, as well as the Prachatai editor and webmaster.



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