Chiranuch Premchaiporn

n523519134_35311Chiranuch Premchaiporn was first arrested when the offices of Prachatai were raided by the Crime Suppression police on 6 March 2009, on accusations of allowing webboard comments with lèse majesté content.

During the police raid, officers of the Crime Suppression Bureau accused Prachatai web manager Chiranuch of violating the computer law by posting comments threatening to national security and she was arrested. Police apparently used the Computer Crimes Law in this case to avoid international media attention regarding lèse majesté. However, later reports state that the police accused her of violating Article 15 of the Computer Act as well as disseminating lese majeste content on the website from 15 October to 3 November 2008.

During her trial, it was revealed that her accuser was well-known minor prince M.L. Panadda Disakul. The prince did not file a charge but prompted the police to deal with the Prachatai webmaster. Bail was granted. Chantana Banpasirichote, a political science lecturer from Chulalongkorn University, was her guarantor. Chiranuch was finger printed and a criminal record was filed. Police also copied data from her hard disk.

About 50 people, including students, Prachatai readers, Chiranuch’s relatives, social activists and academics gave her support at the police station.FACT (15 April 2009: “Nine new charges against Prachatai webmaster”) reported on new charges laid against  Chiranuch under the Computer Crimes Act. According to the report, on “April 7, Chiranuch was called to Royal Thai Police headquarters for further investigation. She was accompanied by Prachatai director Chuwat Rerksirisuk and her two lawyers. Thai police laid nine new charges against Chiranuch resulting from the information she herself gave them after her arrest.” FACT continues: “Additional charges under the cybercrime law mean that Chiranuch is facing 50 years in prison for comments she did not create.”

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The Crime Suppression Division did submit the charges against Chiranuch to the Office of Attorney-General. She was on bail while the OAG has been processing the case. Chiranuch was scheduled to hear whether she would be prosecuted on 26 June 2009. She showed up and it was further delayed. The case was delayed by the prosecutor several times. Prosecutors finally laid out a case on 31 March 2010 and Chiranuch was scheduled to appear in court on 31 May.

When she appeared, it was reported that “the Criminal Court has set February 2011 to begin proceedings against Prachatai editor Chiranuch Premchaiporn on charges of lese majeste under the Computer Crimes Act. Judge Chanathip Muanphawong yesterday set aside four sessions to hear the prosecution’s 14 witnesses and four sessions for 13 witnesses for the defence.”

In a remarkable turn of events, Chiranuch was detained at Suvarnibhumi Airport on 24 September 2010. Her arrest was based on a warrant said to be issued by the Khon Kaen provincial court. After her arrest, she was taken to Khon Kaen police station, 400+ kilometres northeast of Bangkok. Chiranuch was returning from the Internet at Liberty 2010 conference in Hungary when she was arrested. It seems that Chiranuch was arrested without a summons being issued (see this Prachatai report). Early on the morning of 25 September, she was granted bail after placing 200,000 baht in cash as a guarantee.  She denied all charges and needs to return to the Khon Kaen Police Station on 24 October.

The allegations were made by Sunimit Jirasuk, a local businessman in Khon Kaen, who filed charges with police against Prachatai and Same Sky websites in April 2008 for readers’ comments posted on both websites about the case of Chotisak Onsung [also see here]. Various reports list three areas of allegation in this case: Section 116 of the criminal code, the Computer Crimes Act and lese majeste (see here and here).It is now said that Chiranuch potentially faces 82 years in jail!

In October 2010, the British Parliament received a motion on Chiranuch’s case. It stated: “That this House notes with concern the case of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the Director of Thai news website Prachatai, who is on trial in Thailand under its Computer Crime Act for not removing third party comments criticising the monarchy from her website quickly enough and who, if convicted, faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in jail; believes that this action threatens Thailand’s reputation for tolerance of free expression and risks creating a climate of fear; further notes with concern that this particular law has led to thousands of websites being blocked in Thailand; opposes web blocking and censorship; and calls on the government of Thailand to review the situation.”

Lisa Garner at Prachatai has produced a useful summary and timeline of international media advocacy group support for Chiranuch.

PPT highly recommends a factsheet available at Thai Netizens.

Chiranuch’s trial began on 4 February 2011. Details of the trial can be found in our posts: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15.

The case was then delayed and began again in February 2012. A verdict was expected on 30 April 2012. However, on that date, the judge postponed the verdict for another month.

There are numerous aspects of the trial that are worrying and which again show Thailand’s judiciary to be remarkably unprofessional and essentially uninterested in the constitutional and legal rights of defendants. Examples of this include the change of judges mid-trial, beginning of Day 13 without the prosecution being in court and the need for the defendant and her lawyers having “to negotiate for the right to give testimony.” The judge appeared unwilling to hear evidence related to international practice and seemed hostile to the defense and rejected seemingly legitimate questions. Repeatedly, the judge appears disinterested in defense witnesses and tries to get them finished, giving the impression of being prejudiced. On the last day of trial, the judge simply dismissed the idea of even hearing testimony and insisted on taking background documents. There is no guarantee that the judge will even read these.

PPT has long known that, in cases related to the monarchy, judges are prejudiced against defendants and generally uninterested in their constitutional and legal rights. In fact, judges in such cases have been shown to take unconstitutional and illegal actions and to ignore evidence. Chiranuch’s case seems little different.

In this case, on 30 May 2012, Chiranuch was found guilty and slapped with an 8 month suspended sentence, reduced from 12 months, and US$630 fine.

PPT knows some will consider this something of a victory, not least because the “court called the accusation that she did not delete the comments fast enough ‘unfair’…”. Some will see the sentence as light. However, despite a weak case against her and huge international and domestic support for her, Chiranuch was still found guilty.

Her “guilt” was apparently “based on the fact that some comments were not removed for a further 9-10 days. Judge Kampol Rungrat said Chiranuch “did not perform her duty in a timely manner [and] allowed the inappropriate posting to be on the website for too long.” The content of those posts has never been revealed.

The decision will be precedent-setting as webmasters are now clearly considered legally responsible for comments on their site. Chiranuch herself noted that the verdict “will further encourage self-censorship among online publishers in the country.” When a law is hopeless it can be thrown out and the courts can show it to be a problem. In Thailand, this law is the Siamese twin of the lese majeste law, and is in place to repress and limit freedom of expression.

Meanwhile, in another case, being processed in Khon Kaen, saw Chiranuch back in court on 25 March 2011. She was required to travel to the northeastern city to extend her bail as the police had not completed the investigation of her case. This would have meant regular trips to Khon Kaen to meet the conditions of her bail. However,the judge dismissed the police request that her detention be extended (meaning the need to be bailed). The judge’s decision relieves her of the requirement to report to police each 14 days. The police may request a reconsideration of this decision.

In early October 2012, Chiranuch decided to appeal her conviction under the Computer Crimes Act. Her appeal was rejected on 8 November 2013, with the judge using royalist elite-speak:

Given that the defendant was 41 years old at the time, she had graduated from journalism school and she had worked in the media industry, she should have been aware that internet forums can be abused by criminals who use it to defame the monarchy, the judge said, adding that as a Thai citizen, the defendant has a duty to protect the monarchy.

The judge further maintained that the monarchy is “related to national security.”

Protecting wealth, privilege and power at the most minute level is critical for the survival of the nation or at least the ruling class that clusters around the palace.

Media commentary on Chiranuch’s case:

Prachatai, 8 November 2013: “Court of Appeal finds Prachatai Director guilty in lèse majesté-related case

The Malay Mail, 8 November 2013: “Thai webmaster loses appeal over royal slur conviction

Prachatai, 6 October 2012: “Chiranuch appeals against guilty verdict

ประชาไท, 5 October 2012: “ยื่นอุทธรณ์คดี ผอ.ประชาไท ผิด พ.ร.บ.คอมพิวเตอร์

The Next Web, 30 May 2012: “Thailand hands webmaster suspended sentence in landmark royal defamation case

AP, 30 April 2012: “Verdict delayed for Thai media site’s webmaster

CBS, 29 April 2012: “Thai court set to give verdict on webmaster

Deutsche Welle, 27 April 2012: “Journalist accused of insulting Thai royal family sets precedent

Bangkok Post, 17 February 2012: “Court sets date to decide webmaster Chiranuch’s fate

Bangkok Post, 14 February 2012: “LM defendant to see final hearings this week

Huffington Post, 31 October 2011: “This Can Get Mark Zuckerberg Arrested

Journalism.com.uk, 25 October 2011: “IWMF honours four women for courageous journalism

Financial Times, 14 September 2011: “Website chief faces Thai lèse majesté case

Bangkok Post, 10 September 2011: “Chiang Mai’s governor made complaint against Prachatai

The Nation, 10 September 2011: “Witness insists prachatai.com director guilty

Bangkok Post, 3 September 2011: “Judge tells Prachatai editor to prove she policed her webboard

The Nation, 2 September 2011: “Chiranuch’s motives to be weighed

Mediashift, 1 September 2011: “Online Comments Run Afoul of Thailand’s Laws Shielding Royalty from Criticism

Bangkok Post, 1 September 2011: “Prachathai lese majeste trial begins

Prachatai, 25 March 2011: “Chiranuch freed as Khon Kaen court dismisses police request for further detention”

Prachatai, 25 March 2011: “Chiranuch expects bail extension in Khon Kaen this afternoon”

SEAPA, 15 February 2011: “SEAPA Alert: Webmaster’s trial highlights Thai IT authorities’ criteria, procedure of policing Internet”

Prachatai, 12 February 2011: “Trial of Chiranuch postponed to September and October”

The Independent, 11 February 2011: “Thai reporter faces jail for insult to king”

TIME, 8 February 2011: “Thailand: Webmaster Case Tests Limits of Free Speech”

The Irrawaddy, 7 February 2011: “Trial of Thai Website for Lese Majeste to Resume”

BBC News, 4 February 2011: “Thailand Prachatai website editor Premchaiporn on trial”

CPJ Blog, 4 February 2011: “Internet freedom on trial in Thailand”

The Inquirer, 4 February 2011: “Thai webmaster faces 20 years for violating Internet laws”

The Economist, 3 February 2011: “When more is less. The increasing use of lèse-majesté laws serves no one”

Ashoka International, 1 February 2011: “Prachatai’s Day in Court”

Mediashift, 10 December 2010: “Online Freedom of Expression Under Siege in Thailand”

AFP, 23 November 2010: “Thai web editor may face 70 years in jail”

New York Times, 1 November 2010: “Fighting for Press Freedom in Thailand”

Electronic Frontier Foundation, 7 October 2010: “Interview with Chiranuch Premchaiporn of Thai Netizen Network”

เครือข่ายพลเมืองเน็ต/Thai Netizen Network, 2 October 2010: “Analysis on Chiranuch latest charges and arrest”

Bangkok Post, 2 October 2010: “Prachatai defies attempts to silence its message”

Reporters Without Borders, 1 October 2010: “Website editor facing possible combined sentence of 82 years in prison”

The Nation, 30 September 2010: “Facing charges two years later in another province”

Bangkok Post, 26 September 2010: “Political website director released on bail”

Reporters Without Borders, 25 September 2010: “Prachatai editor released on bail”

Prachatai, 25 September 2010: “Chiranuch gets bail”

Bangkok Post, 1 June 2010: “Scholar set free after colleagues file protest”

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, 31 May 2010: “Thailand girds for landmark case that could damage free expression online”

Prachatai, 29 May 2010: “Prachatai website editor due to appear before Bangkok criminal court next week”

Prachatai, 2 April 2010: “Thai webmaster charged for violating Computer-Related Crime Act”

Bangkok Post, 31 March 2010: “Prachatai webmaster granted bail”

Prachatai, 2 June 2009: “Update on Suwicha and Chiranuch cases”

Thai Netizen Network, 26 May 2009: “On the Cases Related to Computer-Related Crime Act” and in ไทย, เครือข่ายพลเมืองเน็ต, 26 พ.ค. 2553, “เรื่อง การดำเนินคดี พ.ร.บ. คอมพิวเตอร์ฯ ต่อพลเมืองเน็ต”

The Nation, 13 March 2009: “Computer crime law arrests creating a climate of fear”

IPS, 8 March 2009: “Police Target Websites Unflattering to Royalty”

Awzar Thi, Rule of Lords, 7 March 2009: “Free Jiew! Support Prachatai!”

Asia Sentinel, 7 March 2009: “Thailand’s Royalists Strike Again”

Bangkok Post, 7 March 2009: “Prachatai’s webmaster held by CSD: Lese majeste prompts police raid on offices”

Global Voices Online, 7 March 2009: “Thailand: Web director arrested for allowing offensive comments”

Statement from the Asian Human Rights Commission, 6 March 2009: “THAILAND: AHRC strongly condemns police raid on news outlet”

BBC News, 6 March 2009: “Police arrest Thai website editor”

Reports from Prachatai, 6 March 2009: “Prachatai founder Jon Ungpakorn: police charges vague” and “Prachatai Director gets bail” and others at the home page.

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19 03 2009
Updated: No amendment to lèse majesté law « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] the Prachatai case and the arrest of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Abhisit says that there has been some kind of “misunderstanding” and that [...]

20 03 2009
PM states no ‘amendments’ to lèse majesté law=PPT « FACT - Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] the Prachatai case and the arrest of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Abhisit says that there has been some kind of “misunderstanding” and that this will “be [...]

10 04 2009
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[...] “Different worlds need different rules”) has  a new article on cyber security citing Chiranuch Premchaiporn, recently arrested webmaster at [...]

14 04 2009
Thailand’s democratic crisis. By Tyrell Haberkorn « Kanan48

[...] military takeover of 2006 – A Coup for the Rich – that led Giles Ji Ungpakorn to flee to England. Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the editor of the online newspaper Prachatai, was arrested in early March and her offices searched [...]

15 04 2009
New: 9 new charges against Chiranuch Premchaiporn « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] against Prachatai webmaster”) reports on new charges laid against Prachatai web master Chiranuch Premchaiporn under Thailand’s Computer Crimes Act. Her initial charges were that Prachatai allowed [...]

25 04 2009
Thailand’s democratic crisis-openDemocracy « FACT - Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] military takeover of 2006 – A Coup for the Rich – that led Giles Ji Ungpakorn to flee to England. Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the editor of the online newspaper Prachatai, was arrested in early March and her offices searched [...]

6 09 2009
IFEX on Darunee’s lese majeste sentence « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] sadly lacking on this, that he said this but did exactly nothing. He lied about the cases against Chiranuch Premchaiporn and Chotisak Onsoong, which despite Abhisit’s assurances, remain [...]

7 09 2009
New: Awzar Thi on the judiciary and lese majeste « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] cases of Suwicha Thakor and Chiranuch Premchaiporn are also [...]

21 10 2009
Why does BP Moderate? « Asian Correspondent

[...] already blogged on the arrest of Chiranuch of Prachatai for comments made on the webboard deemed to be lese majeste (see here and here), but [...]

22 10 2009
Burning a Mock Coffin = Lese Majeste? UPDATE « Asian Correspondent

[...] as he must have a lot on his plate, but since the initial arrest of Chiranuch of Prachtai, she has faced 9 additional charges. At some point, he needs to turn his words into action or at least set up some [...]

3 11 2009
New: Political crimes, rumors, repression « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Chiranuch Premchaiporn, “the webmaster of Prachataiwebboard.com, said ‘bbb’ [Thiranan] was the regular poster since the Sep 19 Coup and most of her posts were the translation of English news on Thai politics.” Chiranuch added that “the police had never contacted her to ask for any information about the case and she did not delete the post.” [...]

22 11 2009
Updated: AHRC and RWB on computer crimes as lese majeste « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] and Somjet Itthiworakul (arrested earlier in November), Prachatai’s webmaster Chiranuch Premchaiporn, charged back in March, and Suwicha Thakor, arrested in January, convicted in April and sentenced [...]

9 02 2010
Elephants in the room – Part 3

[...] their comments for fear of being caught as second order violators of the law as happened to Chiranuch Premchaiporn of the Prachatai [...]

10 02 2010
English translation in Thai political context-New Mandala « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] their comments for fear of being caught as second order violators of the law as happened to Chiranuch Premchaiporn of the Prachatai [...]

31 03 2010
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31 03 2010
Prachatai webmaster charged « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] reports another case of proceeding with cases of lese majeste and under the Computer Crimes Act. Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the webmaster at the independent and excellent Prachatai online news website and web board [...]

13 04 2010
Monarchy assessed by Australian television « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] brother of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul or Da Torpedo serving 18 years in prison for lese majeste, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, “who faces 50 years in prison for running a veiled criticism of the king on her website; and [...]

15 04 2010
Updated: Foreign Correspondent on the monarchy « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] show included useful interviews with  Chiranuch Premchaiporn and Chotisak Onsoong. And it was especially good to see The Nation’s Thanong Khanthong [...]

20 04 2010
The monarchy in question « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] through material that would be well-known to regular readers of this blog. It mentions the case of Chiranuch Premchaiporn. Then the Journal makes a claim that the authorities in Bangkok will have choking on their khao tom [...]

23 04 2010
Shameless Self-Plug: Al Jazeera’s Listening Post on Media Coverage of Thai Protests « Saiyasombut

[...] about the media coverage of the protests, beginning at the 8:15 minute mark – followed by Chiranuch Premchaiporn, webmaster of the embattled news site [...]

25 04 2010
King, succession, politics « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] lese majeste, Chiranuch Premchaiporn is mentioned and the reason fot the Abhisit Vejjajiva’s blocking/banning of Prachatai is said [...]

30 04 2010
Censoring opponents « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] This follows the 8 April blocking of Prachatai’s web pages and the charges brought against Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Prachatai’s executive director. Prachatai is an independent news outlet but the Abhisit [...]

1 06 2010
Chiranuch in court on Monday « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] director, Ms. Chiranuch Premchaiporn as the accused intermediary under Computer Crime Act 2007, is scheduled by Criminal Court for [...]

1 06 2010
Chiranuch in court on Monday « Politicalprisonersofthailand's Blog

[...] director, Ms. Chiranuch Premchaiporn as the accused intermediary under Computer Crime Act 2007, is scheduled by Criminal Court for [...]

11 08 2010
Updates on Da Torpedo and Red Eagle « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] flee.” Thanthawut’s trial has been scheduled for February 2011, the same month that Chiranuch Premchaiporn’s case is [...]

24 09 2010
Chiranuch Premchaiporn detained « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] In a separate case, Chiranuch has been charged with ten counts of violating the 2007 Computer Crimes Act. Read about those accusations, for which the trial will begin in February, here. [...]

24 09 2010
Global Voices Advocacy » Thailand activist arrested after #IAL2010 needs your support!

[...] She leads an important news source for Thailand, a country with a growing record on internet censorship, as reported by OpenNet, human rights violations and actions against freedom of expression Threatened voices has followed and mapped many arrest of Thailand digital activist, including her previous arrest on 2009-2010. [...]

26 09 2010
FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] She leads an important news source for Thailand, a country with a growing record on internet censorship, as reported by OpenNet, human rights violations and actions against freedom of expression. Threatened voices has followed and mapped many arrests of Thailand digital activists, including Chiranuch’s previous arrest on 2009-2010. [...]

26 09 2010
Global Voices teny Malagasy » Mila ny fanohananao ny mpikatroka Tailandey voasambotra taorian’ny #IAL2010!

[...] Mitondra loharanom-baovao manan-danja ho an'i Thailand izy, firenena izay fantatra amin'ny fitomboan'ny fanivanana ny aterineto, tahaka ny notaterin'ny OpenNet, ny fanimbazimbana ny zon'olombelona sy ireo fihetsika manohitra ny fahalalahana miteny. Nanaraka sy nanamarika fisamborana maro an'ireo mafana fo niomerika avy any Thailand ny Feo Voarahona, anisan'izany ny fisamborana an'i Chiranuch teo aloha tamin'ny taona 2009-2010. [...]

28 09 2010
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[...] although Suwicha was pardoned, Darunee is still in jail. As the recent additional charges against Chiranuch Premchaiporn indicate, thought and speech are becoming less, not more, [...]

10 10 2010
Interview with Chiranuch « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Frontier Foundation (EFF) has an interview with Chiranuch Premchaiporn. Chiranuch now faces multiple charges related to the Computer Crimes Act and lese [...]

2 11 2010
NYT on Chiranuch’s case « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] on Chiranuch’s case The New York Times has a story on Chiranuch Premchaiporn‘s situation, with the attention-grabbing headline “Fighting for Press Freedom in [...]

2 11 2010
Thai Netizen Network calls for changes to the Computer Crime Act « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] the charges brought against Chiranuch Premchaiporn, webmaster of Prachatai online newspaper, who has been accused in two sets of charges of not [...]

5 11 2010
Campaign page launched for Prachatai director « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Asian Human Rights Commission on Wednesday launched a new campaign webpage on the case of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the director of the independent online news service Prachatai, who is facing multiple criminal [...]

6 11 2010
Skandalös: Thailands Regierung prahlt mit “Leistungen” « Der Gleichklang-Blog

[...] (AHRC) eine eigene Webseite zur Aufklärung über die Verfolgung der thailändischen Webmasterin Chiranuch Premchaiporn eröffnet und nach wie vor wird dringend darum gebten, einen AHRC-Appel an die thailändischen [...]

11 11 2010
AI and the PM « Political Prisoners in Thailand

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23 11 2010
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26 11 2010
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2 02 2011
Chiranuch honors and fears | Political Prisoners in Thailand

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4 02 2011
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[...] has just posted a Thai-language report of the first day of the trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, which is being held at the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Road in Bangkok (If you are in Bangkok [...]

7 02 2011
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[...] Premchaiporn, about to enter Day 2. PPT has also been adding to the links at the page we have on Chiranuch. As most observers agree, this is a “landmark case for freedom of expression in [...]

16 02 2011
SEAPA on Chiranuch trial and what it reveals | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Southeast Asian Press Alliance has a story posted on the implications seen so far of the trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn on charges related to lese majeste and the Computer Crimes Act. SEAPA is a regional organization [...]

22 02 2011
The missing headline: Lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] has posted on several lese majeste cases and issues in recent days: Chiranuch Premchaiporn‘s court case, Surachai Sae Dan‘s most recent arrest, Tanthawut Taweewarodomkul‘s [...]

27 02 2011
Optimism on LM is not justified when human rights are not protected | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] not at all sure that the recent events associated with the cases of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and Chiranuch Premchaiporn are cause for the optimism suggested in Simon Roughneen’s article at the South China Morning [...]

6 03 2011
Kasit at the U.N. Human Rights Council | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] and exercises power through laws and courts that are politically biased (see here, here and here). While the regime recently released seven red shirt leaders on bail after X months incarcerated, [...]

13 04 2011
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[...] Thai censorship laws I decided that it was better to switch them off. Who needs the threat of an 82year prison sentence? Not me. Yet I knew I would be posting controversial material which would attract opposing [...]

14 04 2011
FSRN interviews Chiranuch Premchaiporn | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Free Speech Radio News (FSRN) recently conducted a two-part audio and video interview with Chiranuch Premchaiporn in [...]

22 04 2011
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[...] Thai censorship laws I decided that it was better to switch them off. Who needs the threat of an 82-year prison sentence? Not me. Yet I knew I would be posting controversial material which would attract opposing [...]

20 08 2011
The King and I: Thailand’s lese majeste laws linked to political persecution.: TBIJ

[...] addition, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, editor of the liberal news website, Prachatai, is due to have her trial for lese majeste offences [...]

29 08 2011
Chiranuch’s trial resumes 1 September | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] us, by way of several posts that the lese majeste/computer crimes trial of Prachatai’s Chiranuch Premchaiporn resumes on 1 September 2011, and is scheduled to continue through various dates in September and [...]

1 09 2011
Chiranuch’s lese majeste trial resumes | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Bangkok Post reports on the resumption of Chiranuch Premchaiporn‘s lese majeste and computer crimes trial that began back in February. The story [...]

2 09 2011
Mediashift looks at lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] article also mentions the case of Chiranuch Premchaiporn which is back in court this week. Roughneen states that he was at the court, “listening to [...]

9 09 2011
The royalist and Chiranuch’s trial | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] hasn’t been posting on the trial of Prachatai’s Chiranuch Premchaiporn on computer crimes charges. The main reason for this is because Freedom Against Censorship [...]

15 09 2011
Prachatai, Chiranuch and lese majeste get international attention | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Financial Times has a story on Chiranuch Premchaiporn and her lese majeste-related trial. The story begins by noting that [...]

16 09 2011
The lese majeste witch hunt | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] referring to the trial of Prachatai’s Chiranuch Premchaiporn. Montalake laments the changes in [...]

24 09 2011
Ampol Tangnopakul’s lese majeste trial begins | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] considerable international media attention is directed to the trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the less publicized trial of Ampol Tangnopakul has begun. Click on the links for details on both [...]

12 10 2011
A brief update on Chiranuch’s trial | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] PPT has been following the lese majeste-related computer crimes trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn mainly through the reports posted at FACT. The latest report is here. We have also been updating the page we maintain on Chiranuch at Pending Cases. [...]

15 10 2011
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[...] Chiranuch Premchaiporn [...]

31 10 2011
Mark Zuckerberg faces 15 brutal years in a Thai prison « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] article mentions the cases of Chiranuch Premchaiporn and Joe Gordon and on the latter asks: “What if Mark Zuckerberg was to intervene on his [...]

12 01 2012
The Tragedy of King Bhumibol | ZENJOURNALIST

[...] a special mention too. Giles lives in exile in Britain after being accused of lèse majesté; Chiranuch is embroiled in an interminable trial; lèse majesté charges have also been lodged against [...]

1 02 2012
Economía Digital: 360º » Twitter censura, y sin embargo se mueve…

[...] Asia encontramos casos dantescos, como el de la periodista tailandesa Chiranuch Premchaiporn, que desde abril de 2009 se vio envuelta en un proceso judicial a causa de las opiniones vertidas por usuarios de la cabecera independiente que dirige, Prachatai. [...]

16 02 2012
Chiranuch’s trial « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Bangkok Post reports on the continuing trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn under the psuedo-lese majeste law called the Computer Crimes [...]

16 02 2012
Chiranuch’s trial « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Bangkok Post reports on the continuing trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn under the psuedo-lese majeste law called the Computer Crimes [...]

18 02 2012
Updates from Chiranuch’s trial « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Against Censorship Thailand has updated its reports on Chiranuch Premchaiporn‘s trial on charges related to the Computer Crimes Act as Prachatai’s [...]

19 02 2012
Updates from Chiranuch’s trial « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] Against Censorship Thailand has updated its reports on Chiranuch Premchaiporn‘s trial on charges related to the Computer Crimes Act as Prachatai’s [...]

21 03 2012
The long arm of lese majeste zealotry « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] know from the case against Chiranuch Premchaiporn that this provision is interpreted quite broadly by the [...]

21 03 2012
The long arm of lese majeste zealotry « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] know from the case against Chiranuch Premchaiporn that this provision is interpreted quite broadly by the [...]

21 04 2012
Thailand Awaits Pivotal Verdict on Liability for Internet Intermediaries | ChrisInMaryville's Blog

[...] journalist Chiranuch Premchaiporn, better know by her pen name Jiew, is awaiting an April 30th court verdict that could sentence her [...]

25 04 2012
HRW on lese majeste I « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] upcoming verdict in the trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Prachatai’s web-board manager, on computer crimes and lese majeste charges, prompts Human [...]

25 04 2012
HRW on lese majeste I « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] upcoming verdict in the trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Prachatai’s web-board manager, on computer crimes and lese majeste charges, prompts Human Rights [...]

30 04 2012
Somyos now incarcerated for a year « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] is also the day that a verdict will be handed down in the case against Chiranuch Premchaiporn. While we remain hopeful that the flimsy case against Chiranuch will fail and she will be released, [...]

30 04 2012
Somyos now incarcerated for a year « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] is also the day that a verdict will be handed down in the case against Chiranuch Premchaiporn. While we remain hopeful that the flimsy case against Chiranuch will fail and she will be released, [...]

5 05 2012
Journalists everywhere waiting for Chiranuch’s verdict-EFF « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[...] journalist Chiranuch Premchaiporn, better know by her pen name Jiew, is awaiting an April 30th court verdict that could sentence her [...]

30 05 2012
7 06 2012
Comments, comments, comments

[...] Chiranuch Premchaiporn was first accused of breaking the law for failing to delete comments on the Prachatai website [...]

6 10 2012
Chiranuch appeals « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] readers will have already seen that Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Director of Prachatai, has appealed against the court verdict which found her guilty under the [...]

6 10 2012
Chiranuch appeals « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Chiranuch Premchaiporn [...]

4 02 2013
Chiranuch at FCCT « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[...] Chiranuch Premchaiporn [...]

4 02 2013
Chiranuch at FCCT « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[...] will find this (edited) clip interesting as Chiranuch Premchaiporn compares her case and that of Somyos [...]

21 06 2013
Cyberspace and lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] This site came to our attention when Thaweporn Kummetha posted on lese majeste and computer crimes laws. He doesn’t say much that most PPT readers wouldn’t already know, but this story presents as a “young journalist’s fight against lese majeste.” Thaweporn says that his eye-opening moment was the 2009 charging of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, […]

21 06 2013
Cyberspace and lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] This site came to our attention when Thaweporn Kummetha posted on lese majeste and computer crimes laws. He doesn’t say much that most PPT readers wouldn’t already know, but this story presents as a “young journalist’s fight against lese majeste.” Thaweporn says that his eye-opening moment was the 2009 charging of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, […]

28 08 2013
Thailand’s Struggle for Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace |

[…] Political Prisoners in Thailand. “Chiranuch Premchaiporn.” Accessed February 18, 2013, https://thaipoliticalprisoners.wordpress.com/decidedcases/chiranuch-premchaiporn/. […]

9 11 2013
Chiranuch’s appeal rejected | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Chiranuch Premchaiporn was was charged in 2009 under the computer crimes-cum-lese majeste law for 10 comments posted at a Prachatai web board in 2008.  She was convicted on 30 May 2012. […]

9 11 2013
Chiranuch’s appeal rejected | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Chiranuch Premchaiporn was was charged in 2009 under the computer crimes-cum-lese majeste law for 10 comments posted at a Prachatai web board in 2008.  She was convicted on 30 May 2012. […]




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