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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2343

Thailand: Drop sedition charges against prominent journalist for Facebook posts

Bangkok, 02 August, (Asiantribune.com):

Pravit Rojanaphruk, a columnist for the English language Nation newspaper and one of the few remaining vocal critics of Thailand’s military rulers, was summoned on Sunday and has been held incommunicado.

Pravit, 48, has frequently reported on suppression of free speech in Thailand. Since the May 2014 coup, he has strongly criticized the junta in his columns, and on his Facebook and Twitter accounts

Responding to the Thai authorities summoning of prominent journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk to answer accusations of sedition for some of his Facebook posts, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, James Gomez, said:

“The authorities must immediately stop using the criminal justice system to harass Pravit Rojanaphruk. It is outrageous to think that he could face decades in prison for a totally peaceful action like putting up a few critical Facebook posts. Pravit is a brave journalist who has already been arbitrarily detained by the military government twice since it seized power in 2014. All criminal proceedings against him must be dropped.

“There appears to be no end to the Thai authorities’ determination to stamp out any form of criticism, whether online or on the streets. In the past few years, dozens of people have faced sedition charges for peacefully criticising the junta, including for their use of Facebook and other social media.

“The government uses a range of draconian laws and executive orders to silence critical voices, not least in the media. Journalists like Pravit should be able both to to do their jobs and express their opinions – however critical - without fear of harassment or imprisonment.”

- Asian Tribune -

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