Jonathan Head

jonathan-head_180_498411aJonathan Head, the British BBC correspondent in Bangkok has been the subject of  three lese majeste complaints. One of these was about an online BBC story, not written by Head, which did not place the photograph of the king at the top of the page, as considered essential by the authorities in Thailand.

Read about the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (FCCT) event that was the subject of one of the accusations: a summary of the FCCT discussion; some video footage is at YouTube (although Head’s introduction appears to be missing).

Head has now moved to be the BBC’s correspondent in Turkey.

Commentary on Jonathan Head’s case:

Reporters Without Borders, 4 December 2009: “King asked to pardon Internet users prosecuted on lese majeste or national security charges”

Reporters Without Borders, 5 June 2008: “Lese majeste accusations used to restrict freedom of expression”

News on Jonathan Head’s case:

Huffington Post, 26 December 2008, “BBC Reporter Jonathan Head Could Face 15 Years in Thai Jail”

Committee to Protect Journalists, 24 December 2008, “BBC reporter charged with insulting the king”

Committee to Protect Journalists, 6 June 2008, “BBC reporter faces legal harassment in Thailand”

Guardian, 2 June 2008, “Thailand: BBC rejects claims reporter insulted country’s king”

Prachatai, 20 April 2008, “Policeman Submit More Evidence for Lese-Majeste Case Against BBC Reporter: ‘This is a Conspiracy'”

Prachatai, 12 April 2008, “BBC Seeks Solution after its Reporter is Charged with Lèse Majesté”

12 responses

1 07 2009
New: More on lèse majesté at the FCCT « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] 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 […]

21 07 2009
Lese majeste circus-New Mandala « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[…] Head, the BBC correspondent in Bangkok and FCCT First Vice President, has long been singled out for attention.  But now we hear that the entire FCCT board has been accused of insulting the Thai monarchy.  […]

5 12 2009
New: Calling on the king for mercy « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] to obtain the withdrawal of all charges” against several Internet users: Giles Ji Ungpakorn, Jonathan Head, Nat Sattayapornpisut, the royal health rumor 4, and Praya Pichai, a blogger who was accused in […]

5 09 2010
Foreign correspondents, Thailand and the yellow howl « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] one occasion a right wing radio host urged members of the public to attack then-BBC correspondent Jonathan Head if they came across […]

25 09 2010
Thailand vs foreign journalists-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[…] one occasion a right wing radio host urged members of the public to attack then-BBC correspondent Jonathan Head if they came across […]

16 12 2010
The prince and lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] 2008, Jonathan Head, the BBC’s south-east Asia correspondent and vice-president of the Foreign […]

3 09 2011
Wikileaks: U.S. Ambassador Boyce offers lese majeste advice | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] a refresher on Jufer’s case back in 2006-07, see these links: BBC1 (an excellent account by Jonathan Head), BBC2, Save a Life, and see the set of links at New Mandala. Jufer was arrested by 7 December 2006 […]

23 04 2012
17 06 2012
17 06 2012
Monarchists and royalists on lese majeste « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] which oversaw the biggest rise ever in cases charged, dropped a case against BBC journalist Jonathan Head. PPT has seen no independent evidence for this claim, and when we heard Panitan earlier on lese […]

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

[…] affection for the place. After all, it has been attacked with spurious lese majeste accusations and journalists associated with the FCCT have also been accused of lese majeste. We also remember that the FCCT […]