Executive Committee of the FCCT

NewBoard2The whole executive committee of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand has been accused of lesè majesté. This is a total of 13 people.

A Manager Online story (1 July 2009: “แจ้งจับ “กรรมการ FCCT” ขายดีวีดี “จักรภพ” หมิ่นเบื้องสูง”) reported that “a Thai who loves the Institution” has brought a complaint to the police alleging lèse majesté against all 13 members of the committee of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (FCCT).

The report claims that Miss Laksana Kornsin (ลักษณา กรณ์ศิลป) complained that the police must  proceed on the case against Jonathan Head and citing Jakrapob Penkair’s presentation at the FCCT on 29 August 2007  and the sale of DVD of that presentation as evidence that the FCCT is trying to bring the monarchy into disrepute and to threaten national security.

This is the first time in its 5-decade history that the FCCT has been such action. The FCCT has said that board members will not to give separate interviews. It stated: “The FCCT will cooperate with such an inquiry [by the police].”

We understand that the then Democrat Party-led government quietly dropped the case in 2011.

News reports on the FCCT case:

Manager Online: 1 July 2009: “แจ้งจับ “กรรมการ FCCT” ขายดีวีดี “จักรภพ” หมิ่นเบื้องสูง”

Nation: 2 July 2009, “FCCT board faces police probe over lese majeste”

AFP: 2 July 2009, “Thai foreign media club faces royal slur probe”

Reuters: 2 July 2009: “Foreign reporters club accused of Thai royal insult”

UPI Asia: 2 July 2009: “Foreign reporters targeted in Thailand”

Committee to Protect Journalists: 2 July 2009: “Thai press club’s board charged with lese majeste”

Blogs on the FCCT case:

Bangkok Pundit: 1 July 2009, “Lese Majeste Complaint Against the FCCT”

New Mandala: 2 July 2009, “The lese majeste circus continues”)

4 responses

14 05 2012
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14 05 2012
Madness, murder and lese majeste « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Prachatai has reported on yet another allegation of lese majeste, which must rank among the most bizarre. As readers will see, this new complaint is up there with the Royal Health Rumor 4, the rumored charge many years ago against a minor royal who named his dogs Sirikit and Bhumibol, and the lese majeste delirium of Laksana Kornsin who brought a complaint against whole executive committee of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand. […]

2 02 2013
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2 02 2013
FCCT failure on media freedom « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Club of Thailand. Some of us at PPT have a kind affection for the place. After all, it has been attacked with spurious lese majeste accusations and journalists associated with the FCCT have also been […]