Navy case set adrift

1 09 2015

The Navy’s ludicrous defamation case against Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian, two journalists from Phuketwan, has been dismissed by a southern provincial court.

PPT hasn’t posted on this case too much as it is peripheral to our main interest. However, it has always been on our collective mind as the notion that two journalists could defame the “Royal Thai Navy” by essentially reposting allegations of the Navy’s involvement in trafficking Rohingyas was farcical. The Navy simply wanted to hush things up and to punish journalists.

Of course, official involvement in these smuggling cases has been the subject of tons of speculation and has essentially been proven in the recent flurry of arrests after the story became embarrassing for the military junta.


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2 09 2015
Defamation, computer crimes and lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Following the acquittal of Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison from news site Phuketwan, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders “urges Thailand to repeal its criminal defamation laws following the acquittal of two reporters.” […]

2 09 2015
Defamation, computer crimes and lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Following the acquittal of Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison from news site Phuketwan, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders “urges Thailand to repeal its criminal defamation laws following the acquittal of two reporters.” […]