Immediately after the Criminal Court's verdict on Executive Director of Prachatai.com Chiranuch Premchaiporn on April 30, Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance and Media Defence - Southeast Asia will co-organise a press conference between 2.30 and 4.30 pm at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand FCCT.
Partly in solidarity with Jiew (Chiranuch's nickname), bloggers, lawyers and media activists from the region will join this press conference to discuss implications of the verdict on internet freedom and freedom of expression in the region.
Chiranuch is facing a criminal liability under Section 15 of Thailand's Computer-related Crime Act (2007) for allowing 10 postings deemed as Lese Majeste to appear in Prachatai webboard at different periods of time in 2008. She could face up to 20 years in prison.
Chiranuch's case and her trial, which was only completed at the end of February this year after several adjournments, has become a focus of local and international advocacy for the protection of intermediaries against the abuses of cyber-crime and security laws. The verdict will have important implications not only on Internet service providers in Thailand but the region and beyond.
Public and the media are invited to attend this event. For more information please contact Ms. Kulachada Chaipipat, campaign officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 243 5579