International news on Ampol’s lese majeste death

9 05 2012

PPT lists some of the recent reports on the terrible news that Ampol Tangnopakul died in jail in Bangkok yesterday as he served his 20 year sentence for lese majeste:

  • ‘Uncle SMS’ dies in jail, Globe and Mail: A 62-year-old Thai man who became known as “Uncle SMS” after he was convicted of defaming Thailand’s royal family in text messages died Tuesday while serving a 20-year prison term. The case of Amphon Tangnoppakul, who had suffered from
  • Thai grandfather jailed for insulting King dies in prison,The Independent: Amphon Tangnoppakul, who became known as Uncle SMS after he was convicted of defaming Thailand’s royal family in a series of text messages, has died in a Bangkok jail. The 62-year-old, who had four children, was suffering from mouth cancer.
  • Anti-royalty texter dies in prison, Stuff.co.nz: A 61-year-old man jailed in Thailand over text messages disrespectful to Queen Sirkit has died a few months into his 20-year sentence.
  • Thai man imprisoned for anti-royalty text dies, New Zealand Herald: A 62-year-old Thai man who became known as “Uncle SMS” after he was convicted of defaming Thailand’s royal family in text messages died Tuesday while serving a 20-year prison term.
  • Thai royal insult prisoner “Uncle SMS” dies in jail, Chicago Tribune: A Thai man who was jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of sending text messages disrespectful to Queen Sirikit has died in jail a few months into his sentence, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
  • Man Jailed for Insulting Thai Monarchs Dies, Wall Street Journal‎: A Thai man known as “Uncle SMS” who was convicted for insulting Thailand’s royal family in a series of telephone text messages died on Tuesday while serving a 20-year prison term, potentially inflaming passions over politically
  • Death reignites Thai lese majesty debate, Financial Times‎: The death of a Thai man sentenced late last year to 20 years in prison under Thailand’s harsh lese majesty laws has reignited calls for reform of the laws and put the spotlight on upcoming cases.
  • ‘Uncle SMS’ jailed for insulting Thai monarchy dies, Zee News‎: A 61-year-old Thai man who became famous as ‘Uncle SMS’ after he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sending text messages insulting Thailand’s monarchy died in prison on Tuesday.
  • Man jailed for royal insult dies, NEWS.com.au‎: A Thai grandfather who was jailed for defaming the monarchy via text message has died in prison. Ampon Tangnoppakul, 62, became a symbol of a budding free speech movement and his imprisonment fanned controversy over the harsh law.
  • Thai Jailed for Anti-Royalty Texts Dies, TIME: A Thai man in his 60s who became known as “Uncle SMS” after he was convicted of defaming Thailand’s royal family in mobile phone text messages has died while serving his 20-year prison term,
  • Thai Prisoner Dies in Jail, Daily Beast: A Thai man who had been sentenced to 20 years in jail for sending text messages that were considered offensive to the queen died in prison, his lawyers said Tuesday.
  • Thailand’s ‘Uncle SMS’ Dies in Jail, Voice of America: A Thai grandfather sentenced to 20 years in prison for sending text messages that were considered insulting to the country’s royal family has died while in jail.
  • Thai prisoner’s death reignites royal slur debate, AFP: A Thai grandfather who became a symbol of a budding free speech movement after he was jailed for defaming the monarchy has died in prison, his lawyer said Tuesday, fanning controversy over the harsh law.
  • Thai ‘prisoner of conscience’ dies in jail, News24: A Thai activist holds a mask representing Ampon Tangnoppakul as they stage a march against the country’s widely-criticised laws protecting the monarchy, in Bangkok in December 2011.
  • Thai man dies during 20-year jail term for insulting queen, The Guardian‎: A Thai man in his 60s who became known as “Uncle SMS” after he was convicted of defaming Thailand’s royal family in mobile phone text messages, has died while serving his 20-year prison term, his lawyers said on Tuesday. The case of Amphon Tangnoppakul
  • Thai Man Jailed for Insulting King Dies in Detention, New York Times:A retired truck driver who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sending text messages insulting Thailand’s monarchy died in prison on Tuesday, his lawyer said.
  • Thai man jailed for lese majeste dies, says lawyer, BBC News: A Thai man in his 60s who was jailed for 20 years for sending text messages deemed offensive to the royal family has died, his lawyer said. Ampon Tangnoppakul was admitted to hospital last week for a pain in his stomach, the lawyer told the BBC.
  • Thai man imprisoned for 20-years over insulting text message dies in jail, Telegraph.co.uk: A 62-year-old Thai man considered a “prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International for his 20-year sentence for royal defamation has died in jail, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
  • Thai jailed for anti-royalty text messages dies, Straits Times: A lawyer for a man sentenced to 20 years for sending text messages deemed insulting to the monarchy says his client has died.
  • Amphon Tangnoppakul, Man Imprisoned For Anti-Royalty Texts, Dies, Huffington Post: In this photo taken Aug. 3, 2010, Amphon Tangnoppakul, right, pauses as he is arrested by Thai police officers of defaming Thailand’s royal family in mobile phone text messages at his house in Bangkok,
  • Thai Lese Majeste Prisoner Dies in Prison, The Epoch Times:  Thai activists install flowers during a gathering held outside Bangkok Remand Prison where Ampon Tangnoppakul died on May 8.
  • Thailand’s Uncle SMS is Dead, The Diplomat: Southeast Asian governments are prone to gloating over their economic success and are rarely shy when it comes to cultural assertions. But for all the ranting and raving about Southeast Asia as a success story, public attitudes just don’t…
  • Thai jailed for anti-royalty text messages dead: Lawyer, Kuwait Times: A Thai man in his 60s who became known as “Uncle SMS” after he was convicted of defaming Thailand’s royal family in mobile phone text messages has died while serving his 20-year prison term, his lawyer said yesterday.

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